Monday, February 21, 2011

Foot bath

What does the term 'foot bath' bring to mind? I’m thinking … a spa, white towels, some tea brewing, lilac-scented water, some new-agey music playing …

A dairy farm foot bath is almost exactly like that. It’s like a kiddie pool that the cows wade through when they leave the parlor. (All dairy farms do this.) We put copper sulfate in it. We can’t use it when it’s super cold, because it freezes, and then the cows exiting the milkhouse would look like the ice skating scene from Bambi.

We have a relatively new one. The last one was so small that the cows would sometimes just step around it. This new, bigger one ensures that it bathes all four hooves as they walk.

Unfortunately, ours cracked. Now we need to get a new one, because it’s really important that the cows get their feet treated. Why? Because the copper sulfate reduces the incidence and severity of hoof rot and hairy heel warts.

Yes, you read that right. Go ahead, look at some pictures! You’d do all you could to prevent that too. They’d never let you back in the spa.


Jules said...

I am so sorry I clicked on that link. On the upside I'm feeling a lot more confident about the appearance of my own hooves.

the crew said...

oh gross! But how hilarious is it that there is the sweetest little picture of a little girl in the middle of all those pictures of rotting hooves! What caption was on that to land it there?!?

Sooze said...

Of course I had to look at the link. I'm learning a lot here!

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