The Cattle Shoof Refill-Kit contains the following: 1. Shoof copper-sulphate medication sachet 2. Shoof special conforming 10cm e la stic bandage 3. Shoof replacement tie-string These items are essential for successful re-use of your Shoof. They are also very convenient and low-cost. Non standard items can cause Cattle Shoof failure.
'Shoof' is a shoe-for-a-hoof. This product is used for the treatment of lameness in cattle. The Shoof is purposefully constructed in a very open manner. This allows the hoof to 'breathe' which is essential for a fast recovery. The medication and bandage supplied with the Shoof are also essential for successful treatment. The Shoof copper-sulphate medication is effective in curing and hardening the hoof-horn, even in the worst conditions. The special Shoof bandage supplied acts like a filter, keeping dirt out and the copper-sulphate in, even if the animal is walking in very bad conditions (eg: dairy farm roads and yards, and muddy paddocks). Cattle Shoof can be re-used many times with our Shoof Refill-Kit components. Non-standard bandage or medication may cause failure of Shoof. Each Cattle Shoof will last years of re-use.
Walkease (say 'walkies') is the new hoof repair block from Shoof International Ltd. Walkease has been created as an early-intervention hoof claw prosthetic. It is not intended to replace other conventional claw shoes currently on the market. The Walkease block is made from flexible EVA material, that is soothing for the cow to walk on. The greatest advantage of the Walkease is its speed and ease of application. The Starter Kit comprises 10 Walkease blocks, 10 tubes of special Walkease 'superglue' (211 648), a special Walkease hoof rasp (203 624) and 10 pairs of latex gloves, all packed in a useful resealable plastic container. The wedge blocks are very helpful for putting the cow's weight forward in cases of worn-down heel. (See further information this page.) For further use extra blocks are available in a 10-pack box. Extra glue is also available. A practical 'first-purchase' would be the 'mixed sizes' starter kit (212 102). This has blocks as follows: 3 x small, 3 x medium and 4 x large. This will allow the user to determine the preferred block size for their own herd. Walkease blocks can be used either way up, so suit both left and right claws. The block should stay on from 7-21 days, which is generally long enough for the treated claw to have made a recovery in cases where the trauma was relatively mild.
New for 2016, Walkease glue is now supplied in 2ml aluminium foil tubes in a dispenser pack. These give maximum life to the glue. Each tube is ideal for one block application. The seal on the tube is pierced by screwing the cap down tight. The tip protector is then removed for the glue to flow from the extended tip. The tube can be resealed if all the glue is not used.
Bovi-Bond from USA is a proven application system for attaching blocks to the healthy claw of lame cow's hooves. Bovi-Bond does not need any special skill to mix and apply. The secret is in the double-barrel 180ml adhesive cartridge and the special dispensing gun. This system ensures that the two parts of the adhesive mixture are kept entirely separate until they merge in the mixing tip. Then as the adhesive moves through the tip the internal spirals mix the product to correct formulation. Using Bovi-Bond is dead easy and needs no special skill: 1. After treating the affected claw, the good claw is trimmed with a hoof knife to leave a clean and dry surface. 2. Install the Bovi-Bond adhesive cartridge in the dispensing gun. Remove the cartridge cap with small cutter or knife, and attach the mixing tip. 3. Squirt adhesive mix onto the correct side (to fit the hoof) of the double-side block. Press the block gently onto the cleaned claw, and hold still for 30 seconds for the adhesive to set. The block will wear off or break off naturally, by which time, if you did the job right, the affected claw should have made a recovery. Next time you need to apply Bovi-Bond, remove and discard the used mixing tip (with set adhesive inside), replace with a new tip and continue as in step 3. above. Bovi-Bond adhesive sets in approximately 30 seconds after application to the block. It can be load-bearing after 2 or 3 minutes (or slightly longer in very cold weather). After some practice, it is quite normal to achieve up to 15 block applications from one adhesive cartridge. The 12-pack set above contains the adhesive cartridge plus 12 mixing tips and 12 blocks. The dispensing gun must be purchased separately. After opening, the Bovi-Bond adhesive cartridge must be used within one year.
The greatest advantage of Easy Bloc is the very flexible side wall, which allows a good fit to a wide variety of hoof sizes and shapes and also enables easy removal. Next is the longer and better positioned sole for greater stability, and the slightly extended toe cavity enabling a better fit on overgrown hooves. Easy Bloc is supplied as a complete kit, with four or 12 shoes and the two-part liquid and powder glue components required to attach them. Procedure for use is as follows: 1. The affected claw is examined and treated as required to ensure a fast recovery. 2. The non-affected claw is cleaned and trimmed to a natural shape, compatible with the Easy Bloc. 3. Set the Easy Bloc into the specially designed holder in the package lid, where the glue components are easily added and mixed. 4. Remove Easy Bloc from holder and apply to the healthy claw. Leave in place two to three minutes. 5. Release the cow. Easy Bloc should be removed after 3-4 weeks, if it has not shed naturally. Easy Bloc powder and liquid are also available separately in 12-pack quantities.
FuturaPad is a wood block with a specially impregnated (5mm) foam layer attached to the top. A small bottle of liquid polymerisation reagent is supplied. When the hoof is ready for attachment of the wood block (after following usual block-attachment preparation procedure) the liquid reagent is simply poured fairly evenly over the foam pad, and the block is then pressed onto the good claw (within maximum of 30 seconds). The block should be pressed quite firmly, without moving, for a full 10-seconds. Keep hoof raised for a further two minutes, then release. The Futura Pad block will slough off after 4-5 weeks. Note: The FuturaPad polymer adhesive is very sticky. A pair of gloves is provided with each pack. Use them, if you wish to retain all the skin on your hands. Polymerisation is equally fast in warm or cool ambient temperatures.