XL Block

The XL Block is larger than Bovi-Bond's traditional rubber block.  The larger size allows a proper fit for bigger claws.  The XL Block provides more sole coverage than the traditional block and supports both the heel and the toe.  The block can be trimmed to a smaller size if needed.   The block is made from polyurethane and adheres very well to Bovi-Bond while providing superior traction on difficult surfaces.  

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800-483-8832

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Using Blocks to Reduce Lameness in Beef and Dairy Cows

Using Blocks to Reduce Lameness in Beef and Dairy Cows

Similar to how humans use crutches to limit the use of an injured foot in order to heal, cows rely on a similar approach called blocking to allow abscesses, claw injuries or other conditions to heal. Blocks are applied to a cow’s healthy claw to elevate the injured one off the ground so that it can heal and avoid lameness.

The dairy industry has adopted this treatment option to help maintain production, avoid downtime and save money, as lame cows can be costly to the industry. When cows become lame and go untreated, they do not produce as much milk. Worse, the condition can escalate to the point that cows can’t walk, stopping milk production altogether. In the beef industry, if cows are lame they don’t gain weight, stay on the feedlot longer and cannot be sent to processing, costing feedlots more money and time. Using blocking in both industries can save resources and increase production.

Benefits of Blocking for Dairy Farms and Feedlots

Cows that are on feedlots or dairy farms can get many different infections or conditions in their claws. Some of these include White Line Disease, ulcers, abscesses, fractures, thin soles, injuries and more. To detect or prevent some of these conditions, it’s important that a hoof care professional checks and trims the cow’s claws regularly in order to maintain healthy claws.

If a cow becomes lame, it’s important to decipher what caused it in order to treat the condition properly. Blocking, however, can help regardless of the injury or condition to keep business moving. Because blocking will elevate the injured claw off the ground, it will heal faster and alleviate pain. This makes the cow more comfortable and, therefore, allows farms and feedlots to maintain optimal production.

There are different tips and techniques hoof care professionals can use on beef and dairy cows to prevent and treat lameness. Some examples include:

  • Both rubber and wood blocks can be utilized on cows. Wood blocks eventually fall off claws naturally, thus eliminating the need to go back to each cow to remove them. Rubber blocks are softer and can be a good alternative for cows with thin soles or sensitive feet, and have to be removed once an injury heals.
  • Depending on the cow’s sole thickness, there are different adhesives that can be used to adhere the blocks on the claws to increase the cow’s comfort level. Vettec adhesives Bovi-Bond and Bovi-Bond Soft re proprietary two-part polyurethane adhesives that can be used to bond wood or rubber blocks. Both have a fast, 30-second set time and strong bond, while Bovi-Bond Soft sets with a softer final hardness that reduces sole bruising.
  • Check and trim the herd’s claws on a regular basis to ensure that the length is healthy and there are no symptoms of potential conditions or injuries. 

The feet and claws support a cow’s entire body weight. With this in mind, it’s important that their claws are treated and maintained to produce optimal output for a feedlot or farm. As humans need to heal a broken bone by relieving the injured foot from any weight-bearing activity, cows need the same treatment with blocking to heal and stay healthy. A lame cow affects more than its ability to walk; it affects its overall heath and the business outcomes for the livestock industry. With today’s blocking and adhesive materials, hoof care professionals can help cows and businesses maintain healthy claws and production more than ever before. 

New Vettec ULTRA Automatic Dispensing Gun Dispenses Blocking Adhesives Consistently and Easily

New Vettec ULTRA Automatic Dispensing Gun Dispenses

Blocking Adhesives Consistently and Easily

 

OXNARD, CALIF. – MAY 17, 2016 – Vettec, the leader in innovative sole support products for more than 20 years, has introduced the ULTRA Automatic Dispensing Gun, which applies Vettec blocking adhesives to cows. The ULTRA Gun helps veterinarians and hoof trimmers apply fast-setting adhesive accurately and quickly. The ULTRA Gun's automatic operation produces effortless dispensing of adhesives at a consistent flow rate and minimizes hand and wrist fatigue.

“Hoof care professionals who have tried the new ULTRA Gun are impressed with the quality and convenience of the product, as it helps them get jobs done faster,” says Frank Dugan, sales manager for Vettec. “The ergonomic design of the ULTRA Gun is more comfortable than standard manual dispensing guns and allows professionals to apply products accurately in the hoof cavities with less effort.”

 

The ULTRA Automatic Dispensing Gun allows its users to adjust how fast the product is applied with six variable speed settings. The dispensing gun comes with two rechargeable long-lasting Lithium ion batteries. Each battery can be recharged with the electric charging cord within one hour. In addition, the ULTRA Gun has a built-in light for hoof care professionals who work in low-light situations. The product is equipped with durable gears and comes with a rugged carrying case.

 

The Vettec ULTRA Automatic Dispensing Gun is available for purchase at select dealer locations for the M.S.R.P. of $250.

About Vettec

Vettec, based in Orange, Calif., has been developing and manufacturing products since 1952. For the last 20 years, Vettec has been developing innovative adhesive products for the veterinary industry. Vettec adhesives are high-tech and durable, yet easy to apply and fast to dry. For more information about Vettec and its products visit www.Vettec.com or call 800-483-8832. Please send dealer and wholesale inquiries to info@Vettec.com.

 

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Dealer Inquiries:

Jessica Williams

Ph: 805-775-7352

 

jwilliams@vettec.com

The ULTRA

The ULTRA

We are pleased to announce the release of a revolutionary tool, the Ultra Dispensing Gun.  This is the first automatic dispensing gun in the industry and will become an invaluable item in your customer’s toolbox.
 
It’s variable speed and automatic operation makes it ideal for faster dispensing with less effort, eliminating hand and wrist fatigue and providing a consistent flow rate. Each gun comes in a sturdy carrying case for easy transportation, two long-lasting, rechargeable, Lithium-ion batteries and a charger.