Last week, Clint noticed that one of his Charolais bulls was limping out amongst a group of cows, so he sorted him off and one evening after dinner we loaded him onto a trailer and took him to the white corrals to be doctored. It was late and dark, so we just dropped him off in a pen with water, and Clint went out early the next morning to doctor him. He figured it was just foot rot, but after looking at him in the daylight, he realized the bull had somehow lost the outer part of his hoof on one of his toes.
That's pretty painful (we imagine it'd be like having a toenail ripped off, and having to put weight on the part without a nail) for the bull, so Clint asked RJ to come over and look at him. RJ owns a trimming business, and has portable trimming trucks so he met us at the white corral last week in the evening to take care of the bull.
RJ just drives his truck up to an alleyway, and then lowers the hydraulic life and lets the cattle walk into a head catch. Then a series of belts is pulled taut around the animal, and they're lifted over onto their side so that RJ can work on their feet. The cattle remain comfortable, and don't struggle at all.
Once RJ assessed the hoof, he gave the bull what he calls a "Cow Nike".
A "Cow Nike" is when the hoof is blocked. RJ glued a plastic sole onto the side of the hoof that was still healthy/intact, so that it raised the entire foot off of the ground (this way the bull wasn't putting pressure on the toe w/o any hoof, but rather putting pressure onto the good part of his hoof that didn't hurt) and then wrapped the entire foot so that hoof would stay clean and heal.
I've seen RJ trim feet before, but hadn't ever seen him block anything. It's pretty neat what he can do, and the way the bull walked back to the pen was evidence enough that what RJ did helped him. Prior to getting blocked, he would barely put any weight on his right rear foot.....afterwards, he walked with just a slight limp back to his pen and put weight on the hoof with the new block.
Cattlemen care for their cattle, and we appreciated RJ helping us out. Now that the bull is blocked, Clint will keep him segregated from other cattle, so that he has the best chance to recover as fully as possible.
Thanks RJ for the great help!
We appreciate it and you!