Kate’s hoof care win


Kate’s hoof care win

Great opportunity: Loch dairy farmer Kate Kirk received $7500 from the State Government recently, which she used to learn more about cattle hoof care and purchase specialised equipment.


LOCH dairy farmer Kate Kirk received a Young Farmers Scholarship from the State Government to complete an advanced hoof care course in New Zealand.

Kate was one on 13 farmers in the state to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000.

She received $2500 to undertake the hoof care training and $5000 to invest on farm to help put her new skills into practice.

“I will be using the investment funding to purchase a specialised hoof trimming crush,” Kate said.

“Having that will allow me to maybe do some demonstrations with young farmers groups, neighbours and employees as well.”
Kate said as a dairy farmer, hoof care is a huge part of animal health and where a lot of cost blow outs can occur as part of the business.

She said different grades of laminitis can affect production anywhere from five percent to more than 30 percent for more severe cases.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said, “With the enthusiasm and ideas of tomorrow that our young farmers have, I am looking forward to seeing their dedication propelling Victorian agriculture forward.”

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