Hoof health

Hoof health

CRV’s pathway to a healthy and efficient herd
  • Improved feed intake
  • Better fertility
  • Less treatment costs

Hoof health

A vital herd is the basis for a good milk
production and a high longevity. Cows with healthy hooves perform better and are less labour intensive. Lameness is one of the most important culling reasons and a large share of cows suffer from one of more hoof disorders in their lives.

Thus, improving hoof health pays out directly; healthy cows have a better welfare, produce more and give less trouble. A good hoof health results in a higher longevity, improved feed intake, better fertility and less treatment costs.

CRV is leading in hoof health by offering several solutions for enhanced hoof health. Thanks to the high volume of data collected by Dutch and Flemish farmers (with the DigiClaw program), CRV offers the most accurate and reliable indexes and breeding values for hoof health in the world.

'For years we have put a lot of attention to health traits besides production traits. This pays back now.'
Kees Simons, dairy farmer Steenbergen, the Netherlands

CRV, leading in hoof health

CRV is leading in hoof health by offering several solutions for enhanced hoof health. Thanks to the high volume of data collected by Dutch and Flemish farmers (with the DigiClaw program), CRV offers the mos accurate and reliable indexes and breeding values for hoof health in the world.

CRV offers several solutions:

  • Top ranking sires of various breeds that inherit healthy hooves
  • CrossFit Health is CRV’s crossbreeding concept that excels in health and ease
  • Sire Advice program SireMatch to breed for cows with healthier hooves
  • Genomic Herd management solution HerdOptimizer that makes managing your herd easy and gives the opportunity to select the animals with the highest genetic level for hoof health

Hoof health explained

Breeding for improved hoof health

Since there are so many hoof disorders, the CRV Hoof Health index was developed to assist in breeding a cow that is less susceptible to all hoof disorders. This makes it easier to make a selection based on hoof health.

Hoof health

Hoof health proven in practice

Practical research was performed among 100,490 cow sat 900 farms*. It appeared that the 25% best cows for CRV Health had 15% less hoof disorders and less costs associated with hoof diseases, lower production and veterinary care. The best cows also had a significantly higher genetic level for Hoof Health and CRV Health. Breeding for Hoof Health thus pays off in practice!

Hoof health

CRV hoof health facts

  • CRV already collects since the 2000’s real hoof health data from Dutch and Flemish dairy farmers in cooperation with specialized hoof trimmers (DigiClaw program)
  • CRV has a database with more than 1.5 million hoof health related records
  • CRV was one of the first in the world to make it able to breed on hoof health
  • CRV’s hoof health index takes the most important hoof disorders and feet and leg conformation traits into account
  • This breeding effort resulted in a reduction of hoof disorders of 21% since 2007 in the Netherlands and Flanders
  • CRV sires are world leading in hoof health as shown in the genetic trend for this index
  • Hoof health is part of the CRV Health index, a unique index to breed for cows that are easy to manage and produce without problems
Performance in
lactations 1-3
Lowest
25%
Highest
25%
Difference
(absolute)
Relative
decrease
Hoof disorders
(all) (%)
5439–15–28%
Digital
dermatitis (%)
2316–7–30%
Interdigital
dermatitis (%)
159–6–40%
Sole
hemorrhages
(%)
2014–6–30%
Costs
per cow
Lowest
25%
Highest
25%
Savings
(absolute)
Savings
(relative)
Hoof disorders€28.60€20.60€7.9928%


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CRV has locations all over the world, divided into business units per region, and a global distribution network. CRV works with enthusiastic employees who know the customers and their desires.

Interested in udder health or would you like more information? Find a distributor in your region or request more information via our contact form.

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