[Evaluation of a novel training course for hoof trimmers to participate in a Swiss national cattle claw health monitoring programme].

Strauss, G.; Stucki, D.; Jury, A.; Locher, I.; Syring, C.; Ruiters, M.; Steiner, A. (2021). [Evaluation of a novel training course for hoof trimmers to participate in a Swiss national cattle claw health monitoring programme]. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 163(3), pp. 189-201. Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte 10.17236/sat00292

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The main goal of the resources project «Healthy claws - the foundation for the future» is to establish a Swiss national claw health monitoring programme for cattle, similar to what has already been established in other countries (e. g. Finland, Sweden). So far in the course of the project, 30 claw trimmers have been trained to use a digital recording software. An appropriate training concept and information to the work environment of Swiss claw trimmers are necessary to ensure that the recorded claw health data is of good quality. The newly developed training programme for claw trimmers was evaluated using the 30 first trained claw trimmers of the project. The training consisted of group events and individual schooling sessions, during which the claw trimmers were trained to recognise, classify and digitally record foot and claw disorders according to the «ICAR claw health atlas». At the end of the training programme, demographic and work relevant data about the claw trimmers was collected and their abilities when using the recording software, as well as recognising and classifying foot and claw disorders using pictures or live animals, were evaluated. The demographic and work relevant data collected at the end of the training showed an ageing of the profession (43% of the participants were over 50 years old), a lack of full-time claw trimmers (23% of the claw trimmers worked 90% or 100%), a neglect of locomotion scoring during claw trimming (no locomotion scoring standing from 60% and in movement from 33% of the participants) and a broad use of the Swiss claw trimming method (90% of the claw trimmers indicate using this method). An average Cohens kappa value of 0,74, and thus an overall substantial agreement with the first author, respectively the ICAR Atlas, was achieved for the identification and classification of foot and claw disorders. It was also noted, that all the participants were capable of using the recording software in practice after their schooling. The calculation of Cohens kappa values helps to recognise claw trimmers which fall below the limiting value and therefore show an insufficient agreement. These claw trimmers can thus be excluded from the scientific evaluation or undergo further training. It was concluded that the described training concept is suitable to establish a national claw health monitoring programme.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Clinic for Ruminants
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)

UniBE Contributor:

Strauss, Gregor; Stucki, Dimitri Yves; Jury, Alexandra; Locher, Iwan; Syring, Claudia; Welham Ruiters, Maria Verena and Steiner, Adrian


600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte




Nathalie Viviane Zollinger

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25 Mar 2021 10:16

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25 Mar 2021 10:25

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Ausbildung Formazione Klauenerkrankung Klauenpflege Lahmheit Rinderklauen agreement boiterie cattle claw claw disease concordance conformità cura ­dello zoccolo formation hoof ­trimming lameness maladies des onglons malattia dello zoccolo onglons des bovins parage des ­onglons training unghioni dei bovini zoppia Übereinstimmung





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