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HOOF HEALTH MANAGEMENT MADE EVEN EASIER

September 14, 2016

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Media Contact: Stacey Smart

Phone: 262-442-6666

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KS Dairy Consulting, Inc.

New release of Hoof Supervisor™ System enhances hoof health while offering greater efficiencies to trimmers and producers.

Dresser, WI (September 14, 2016) – The ability to create customized trim lists, ensure error-proof claw ID and automatically assign follow-up actions to aid in faster healing make the latest release of Hoof Supervisor™ System a powerful tool for tackling lameness. This chute-side data recording system documents lame events by lesion and location, helping hoof trimmers effectively manage every trim session and promote hoof health. In version 2.2.11, cows are easier to track, and preventive maintenance scheduling helps maintain regular trimming of all cows.

Designed to benefit both trimmer and producer, Hoof Supervisor’s latest version is packed with new capabilities that emphasize communication and efficiency:

1. Track cows by Universal ID.
Trimmers now have the ability to enter cows by either Universal ID or visual tag ID and/or barn ID (cow ID) and can view and store both types of identification per animal. Hoof Supervisor can track and cross reference a single cow between two different ID numbers, which is especially beneficial in countries requiring RFID tags. When searching by Universal ID, only the last four digits are required to be entered as search criteria.

2. Create future trims lists automatically.
To ensure every cow on a dairy is accounted for year-round, trimmers can automatically place all cows trimmed today on a future trim list. Trimmers can enable the feature on a per-farm basis, and set the time period in months to ensure periodic trimming of all animals. Individual rechecks on a per-cow basis can still be applied during the trimming session.

3. Create customized trim lists.
Creating a customized trim list based off data imported into Hoof Supervisor from the dairy herd’s health software system can help trimmers more effectively address lameness issues. Seeing number of days in milk or cows due to be dry can help determine which cows require trimming that day. With this additional information on-hand, it also becomes easier to categorize lameness according to lactation, pen, season, etc.

4. Assign follow-up protocols automatically.
When cows require follow-up action after a trim session, Hoof Supervisor makes it easy to automatically design and assign protocols by block, wrap or treatment per herd. For example, if a cow has a wrap, the trimmer can assign the protocol(s) per cow for the herdsman to remove it in two or three days. Or the herdsman may need to retreat an animal in three days or remove a block in 21 days.

Hoof Supervisor automatically creates the End-of-Day Follow-Ups Report listing cows, completion dates, and follow-up protocol(s) for the herdsman to perform. By helping track herd health treatment and follow-up actions, Hoof Supervisor ensures faster healing and fulfills the hoof health initiative program requirements of certain countries.

5. Combine multi-day trim sessions into one session.
Trim sessions lasting more than one day can now be considered one trim session. Cows trimmed over multiple days at the same dairy will appear on one list for quick trimmer reference of the entire session history. All trim events per cow are noted by actual trim date but combined into one trim list and one report. Cows trimmed yesterday remain on today’s list for easy trimmer access, while cow, block, wrap, and treatment counts continue to track over the extended time period. Enabled on a per-farm, per-session basis, this feature makes it easy to roll a session over to tomorrow when necessary. A unified trim list also prevents duplicate cows from being sent to the chute.

6. Claw numbers ensure correct hoof selection.
The Hoof Select screen now displays claws using the Claw ID Numbering System for quicker determination of correct hoof selection.
•Claw 1 and 2 = Left front hoof
•Claw 3 and 4 = Right front hoof
•Claw 5 and 6 = Left rear hoof
•Claw 7 and 8 = Right rear hoof

This feature helps eliminate confusion especially when the animal is tipped to the right or left in the trim chute, allowing the trimmer to easily identify which hoof /claw he is diagnosing. Claw numbers also appear on reports.

7. More language options
In addition to English, Hoof Supervisor is now available in French Canadian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Hoof Supervisor™ is a chute-side data recording system that documents lame events by lesion and location. This helps hoof trimmers easily manage a trim session while assisting trimmer, veterinarian, nutritionist and herd manager in better understanding the main issues causing lameness on a dairy. Hoof Supervisor is marketed under Supervisor™ Systems – a division of KS Dairy Consulting, Inc. For more information on Hoof Supervisor Version 2.2.11, please call (888) 259-8949 or email support@feedsupervisor.com.

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