1st Summer Trimming School

2nd International Hoof Health and Welfare Conference


Just one year ago, we held the International Hoof Health and Welfare conference, with more than 250 attendees from 29 countries, in Zaragoza. A lot of things have happened since this conference and several participants have requested that we organise a conference like last year’s. For this reason, we are glad to announce that we are preparing a new conference, using the experience from last year.

Summer trimming school 2021

Dates & Programme

Thursday 23th September and Friday 24th September

  Schedule #23rd Sep

     –         REGISTRATION

     –         9:00 OPENING REMARKS

     –         9:30 LOW STRESS CATTLE HANDLING

  • 9:30 Low stress Cattle handling. General concepts by Jamie Sullivan.
  • 10:00 Low stress Cattle handling in France. Roger Seron
  • 10:30 Thermal imaging and AI-assisted lameness detection in dairy cows –  William Davy.

     –         11:00 BREAK

     –         11:30 FACILITIES

  • 11:30 Interaction facilities and hoof health – Christoph Mülling.
  • 12:00 Designing the perfect hoof trimming area – balancing cow and trimmer welfare – Courtney Halbach (Remote presentation).
  • 12:30 Robotic milking facility design with hoof health in mind- Courtney Halbach (Remote presentation).


     –       19:00  END OF FIRST DAY

  Workshops #23rd Sep


  • Trim a cadaver foot and have the opportunity to be evaluated by Christopher Mülling.


  • How to interpret, treat and manage deep and chronic hoof lesions and perform digital anesthesia. Loris de Vecchis


  • How to handle easily the cows to the crush with the use of Budbox, high performance barrier by Jamie Sullivan.

     –         RESPECT YOUR ELDERS

  • Demonstration of old trimming techniques and tools by two trimmers that started more than 30 years ago trimming by hand by Pere Malet and Angel Cortinas.

     –         CLAW DATA RECORDING

Is a room for unification of criteria about claw health disorders identification & severity degrees evaluation. The workshop is held by the Working Group for Training and Standardization of claw health and Animal Welfare (GT-FEPYBA).             

The workshop envolved 3 parts:

  • Lesions identification
  • Severity degree evaluation
  • Practical activity to unify criteria

     –         ZINPRO WORKSHOP

  • Reading the foot: how to prevent hoof health problems: The workshop will demonstrate how to use visual observation of the foot to troubleshoot hoof health problems. It will work through a systematic investigation plan, starting with hoof inspection, with the intention of preventing hoof health problems even before any clinical lesions appear.  Dr Huw McConochie & Arturo Gomez, DVM, Zinpro Corporation.

  Schedule #24th Sep

     –         8:30 ERGONOMICS

  • Ergonomics – Asier (Witrein): Exercise and Physical Therapy to prevent typical trimmer lesions like tendon and joint pain (practical session).

     –         9:00 GENETICS

  • Truths and Myths about claw health genetic predisposition by Noureddine Charffedine.

     –         9:30 BUSINESS & EFFICIENCY

  • 9:30 Future of Hoof trimming – where we go? by Adrián González.
  • 10:00 Efficient trim schedules by Jamie Sullivan.
  • 10:30 Economic aspects of hoof health by Luis da Veiga.

     –         11:00 BREAK

     –         11:30 BUSINESS & EFFICIENCY

  • 11:30 Designing hoof trimming area in Big farms. The Mexican experience by Fernando Castillo.
  • 12:00 Working with 3 crushes at the same time. How do we organise it? by Steve Paul.

     –         12:30 PAELLA LUNCH & TRIMMER RIDER CUP

  • 2nd Edition of RIDER TRIMMER CUP, Functional Trimming Competition between America and Europe. Contesters: Jamie Sullivan representing America and Loris de Vechis representing Europe. Referee Christopher Mülling. Chairperson Adrián González


     –        15:00 TRIM AND FUN

  • Is your flight departing later or are you going to stay over the weekend?, don’t worry and stay longer with ANKA GROUP trimmers. Playing with the crushes and sharing experiences in front of a drink in very relaxed environment


Presentations will be in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish, French and Italian. The inclusion of more translated languages will depend on the number of attendees.

For the practical workshops, groups will be divided by language in order to facilitate the understanding of the practical sessions.


Jamie-Sullivan-Rippleview-Hoof-Care-(Canada)Jamie Sullivan, Rippleview Hoof Care (Canada).

Hoof Trimmer and Hoof Health consultant: specializing in evidence-based solutions to lameness, cow comfort & stress-free cattle handling.  Past President of the Hoof Trimmer’s Association (HTA) in North America.


Courtney Halbach, The Dairyland Initiative (US)

Courtney Halbach is the outreach specialist for The Dairyland Initiative, an outreach program with the UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine that is dedicated to providing dairy industry professionals with welfare-friendly housing recommendations and lameness prevention tools through a web-based platform and workshops. Her areas of interest include calf and adult cow barn design, positive pressure tube ventilation systems, and automatic milking facility design. She manages the website, which has had over 85,000 visitors since 2016 and hosts the program’s bi-annual workshops, which have attracted 1,930 dairy industry professionals. In addition to performing facility consultations, she conducts research on farms in the areas of automated milking facility design and labor efficiency, and heat stress prevention.

Courtney obtained her Master of Business Administration from Edgewood College in 2018 and graduated from Carleton College in June 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Food & Agriculture. Her senior group thesis examined the role of Extension services in promoting regenerative agricultural practices using the diffusion of innovations theory. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, she worked on a commercial dairy farm in Luxembourg where she compared sustainable agricultural practices between the United States and Luxembourg.

Loris-de-Vecchis,-DVM,-Hoof-Trimmer-and-Adjunct-Professor-from-Milano-University-(Italy)Loris de Vecchis, DVM, Hoof Trimmer and Adjunct Professor from Milano University (Italy)

Since 1990 he works as a private practitioner veterinarian, dealing with care and prevention of lameness in cattle, mainly on milk breeds (Friesian and Brown Swiss) but also on breeds of different aptitudes (limousines, chianina, etc.) and milk buffaloes. He is also interested in surgical treatment of deep digital injuries (amputation, flexor tendons tenectomy, arthrodesis of P2/P3) and hoof chronic lesions.

  • He also carries out training activities for livestock breeders, livestock technicians, trimmers and veterinarians on foot care, lameness prevention and welfare of cattle.
  • Contract professor of Podology and veterinary podiatry surgery – University of Milan – Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Christopher-Mülling,-University-of-Leipzig,-GermanyChristopher Mülling, University of Leipzig, Germany

Christoph Mülling is a veterinarian and a clinical anatomist with a passion for teaching and lameness research. He graduated with a DVM degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Free University in Berlin, Germany, in 1988. After 6 years in a large animal practice, he returned to the Free University earning a German Dr med vet degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Subsequently he received his Post Doc training in Berlin, Cornell and Japan. Since then he has been active with academic research and teaching.   In 2006, Mülling accepted a position as associated professor in Clinical Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nottingham. In 2007, he joined the University of Calgary as a professor of Veterinary Anatomy, serving as the associated dean curriculum from 2008 to 2010. He accepted the position of professor of veterinary anatomy at the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2010.

Adrián-González-Sagüés-and-ANKA-teamAdrián González Sagüés and ANKA team.

Founder and president of ANKA. He is a worldwide well known veterinarian with more than 30 years experience in hoof trimming, training and cow comfort. He is a teacher of the Master Hoof Care of the University of Florida and honour award of the US Secretary of Agriculture for our education program.

Steve Paul, Cowsfeet (UK)Steve-Paul,-Cowsfeet-(UK)

Steve Paul trained as a trimmer in Holland in 1991 and is a fully qualified instructor and inspector (NPTC). A founding member  and past president of the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers (NACFT), Steve is qualified as a category 1 trimmer, in all Steve has been trimming cows’ feet for over 28 years. He advises and consults on herd lameness across the country and regularly lectures about and demonstrates cattle foot trimming to farmers, agricultural and veterinary students and other industry professionals.

Noureddine-CharfeddineNoureddine Charfeddine, CONAFE-ISAP (Spain)

Noureddine Charfeddine born in Tunisia 52 years ago. He has Ph D. in Animal Breeding from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He belongs as Genetic Analyst to the technical department of CONAFE (Spanish Holstein Association) since 1998. He has been involved in many tasks and projects related with data recording and genetic and genomic evaluations. In 2011 has launched I-SAP Project (Claw Health Information for the control and prevention of Lameness in dairy cattle herds). Member of ICAR working group on functional traits and member of ICAR group of Claw health experts who released ICAR CLAW HEALTH ATLAS. He has published several papers on how to improve claw health through a comprehensive action on herd management and animal selection.



Fernando Castillo, Zinpro corporation, Nutysa (Mexico)

DVM. Master Hoof Care Program (University of Florida). Fernando has worked in the Mexican dairy sector for the past 30 years. He specializes in the organization and design of the hoof area in some of the largest farms in Mexico.



Roger Seron,  Pédicure bovin (France)

Hoof trimmer for thirty years in the North of France, and trainer at L’Institut de l’élevage.

Huw Mcconochie, Zinpro Corporation (UK)

Luis da Veiga, Zinpro Corporation (Portugal)

Arturo Gómez, Zinpro Corporation (Spain)

Asier Lezertua (Witrein)

Pere Malet  and  Digitrim Team

Angel Cortinas

Venue and accommodation

Venue: Mas Bes Dairy Farm. Found in the heart of the Girona region is Mas Bes, a dairy farm where four generations of the Viñolas family have created an environment for reliving the past and experiencing the rural world. On a farm of 1,200 animals, they milk 550 cows. With four meeting rooms and capacity for accommodating 200 people it is the perfect place for holding a very practical conference.

Driving distances:

  • 5 minutes from Girona Airport
  • 1 hour from Barcelona airport
  • 1 hour from the French border
  • 15 minutes from Girona
  • 40 minutes from Barcelona
  • 15 minutes from High Speed Train Station (Girona)
  • 20 minutes from Costa Brava (beach). Ideal for combining with family holidays
Mas Bes Dairy Farm
Mas Bes Dairy Farm


Please be aware that Girona is a very popular holidays destination so don’t wait for last minute to book your accommodation.


1. Eden Park by Brava Hotels:

Modern hotel 5 minutes driving from the farm and 5 minutes walking from the Girona airport. 10-15 minutes from the city of Girona.

A fantastic outdoor pool surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and a nice terrace. Perfect for sharing a drink and having a relaxed post conference discussion.

The hotel is reserved exclusively for those attending Summer Trimming School with the following prices:

  • Double room for individual use € 65 per night (breakfast included)
  • Double room: € 75 per night (breakfast included)
  • Double room + additional bed € 101  (breakfast included)

Use the code HOOF when booking.

Eden Park by Brava Hotels

2. Carlemany Hotel:

4 stars hotel in the city center of Girona. Ideal for after conference walk and discover the middle age city of Girona. Driving distance 15-20 minutes from the farm.

Using the promotional code HOOF, you get a 10% discount over the best rate.

Carlemany Hotel

Organization and sponsors



Before 23rd of August € 245**

After 23rd of August € 280  

VAT taxes not included on the registration price.

** Members of the associations supporting this initiative (APPB, NAFCT, APIB, ANEMBE, ANPB, VVRP)  have a 20% discount on the registration fee (€195). This discount is available until 23rd of August.

** Price does not include – accommodation and transfer.
** You will get invoice from ANKAPODOL SL. (main organiser of conference).

If you have additional questions, suggestions or simply would like to find out how to participate in the International Hoof Health and Welfare Conference in Spain in September, give your personal manager a call or contact CowCare directly by phone or Whatsapp (+371 2917 2713).

Contact us, we’ll advise you

Willem Hendrik Mekking
Chairman of the board

+371 2917 2713