The Claw Check from Vettec Bovi-Bond offers claw trimmers, farmers and veterinarians an objective measurement tool to ensure the correct shape and function of the bovine hoof during claw trimming. The Claw Check is adapted to the modern dairy cow with the generous measuring point of 90mm for the length between crown edge and toe. In this way, all different lengths can be worked with.
During claw trimming, it is essential to maintain or rebalance the correct weight distribution. Here, you distribute the weight evenly on both the inner and outer hoof and ensure that sensitive areas are relieved. This way, you focus on functional trimming, taking into account the animal’s orthopaedic anatomy (biomechanical function of the claw).
Functional correction of the claw is still often limited to making a slope at the rear part of the sole (caudal axial third of the sole) and reducing the overgrown outer claw of the hind leg. With Vettec Bovi-Bond’s Claw Check, you now have a simple tool at hand that gives you the right standard indicators with easy check points at normal claws. You don’t have to use the tool as a standard for overgrown or abnormal claws.
! These steps are only a guide. There is no standard as each claw will vary and must be adjusted for age, breed, environmental factors and disease.
Use the Vettec's Claw Check to measure 5 parameters in bovine claws.
Claw angle check point
The angle of the Vettec Bovi-Bond Claw Check is set at 50°. This way, you can easily test the tolerance angle of 45-50°.
2. Measurement points for length from the coronary band and toe
In today’s domesticated Holstein-Friesion cow, the distance from the coronary band to the tip of the claw is about 82 mm on average. The straight edge of the Vettec Bovi-Bond Claw Check has a measurement indication of up to 90 mm, making it easy to tune even a larger claw. So you can shorten the front wall to a length of 75 mm by making a vertical cut at the toe to the sole surface. This mark then indicates the level to which you can bring the sole thickness. Then the Vettec Bovi-Bond Claw Check should then fit accurately on the sole surface and the front wall.
3. Level check of the inner and outer claw
You do this check by placing the Vettec Bovi-Bond Claw Check under the claw. You can now quickly see if there is an uneven claw height, allowing you to make the necessary adjustment to distribute the weight evenly over both claws.
4. Checking the contact surface of the sole with the ground
It is important to check with the Vettec Bovi-Bond Claw Check that the entire surface of the sole makes even contact with the ground.
5. Verifying the slope of the sole
Placing the Vettec Bovi-Bond Claw Check on the sole surface of both claws with the opening towards the heel, the V-shape of the tool marks the rear part of the sole. Here you should have a 5 mm space between this part and the ground.