WHITEPAPER Powerful prevention with Intra Hoof-fit Spray

An international European research institute, which experienced a sudden increase of hoof problems, started with Intra Hoof-fit Spray and succeeded a significant reduction within a timeframe of 2 months and is already for 12 months on only 2% hoof problems.

This research institute with lactating dairy cows is performing hoof checks and individual treatment of hoof problems with a monthly interval. At the start of the indoor winter season 2019/2020, an experimental hoof bathing protocol was used, which unexpectedly resulted in a sudden increase to 27% hoof problems (January 2020). This was an alarming quick increase!

In order to reverse these problems, they started a herd protocol by weekly spraying the hind legs of all animals with Intra Hoof-fit Spray (green line). Within 2 months, the incidence dropped to 0% (March 2020) and they already are for 12 months (March 2020 – February 2021) stable around 2% (last year Intra Hoof-fit Spray average line), which is nicely below our Intra Hoof-fit target line of <5% and far below the 13% average of the previous four years (grey line)

These results demonstrate:

  • One time a week preventive application of Intra Hoof-fit Spray is able to reduce a significant level of hoof problems within two months
  • During the twelve month follow-up, hoof problems remained around 2%, which is far below previous four years average of 13%
  • The great reduction in hoof problems results in lower costs and improvement of animal health

Intra Hoof-fit Spray is a ready-to-use hoof spray innovation, based on the Hoof-fit technology of chelated minerals with a proven long-lasting adhesion on the hoof, which prevents product wastage in the manure pit. The farmer can apply fresh product on the right spot on every single hoof using a low-pressure or automatic sprayer. An addittional advantage is that also the young stock and dry cows can be included into this group prevention protocol.