In order to provide improvement in hoof care we offer continuing education for hoof trimmers and industry partners affiliated with supply hoof care products to farms, hoof trimmers and retailers
With changes to regulations trimmers need to be aware of how to work effectively with our clients situations.
The 2018 OHTG hoof care conference will be held at the Delta Hotel in Guelph Ontario August 24-25.
"When you have a dedicated core of caring hoof trimmers who keep showing up voluntarily to learn; it shows the value of the topics and speakers we have had over the years."
Vic Daniel - Conference Convenor
The conference fees for all is $260.00 per person in Cdn. funds.
We offer a spouse rate for meals of $130.00
If you wish to be a sponsor please contact us by email or phone.
Sponsors will be recognized in the program
We have three levels
Bronze is $150.00
Silver is $300.00
Gold is $500.00
Hotel : We have a block rate for $109.00 pp at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre @ 50 Stone Rd. West, Guelph Ontario call direct line 519 780 3700 to reserve. Block rate guarantee is to August 1st. First come first serve. Hit the Find Out More button for direct connect to the hotel and nearby airports for those flying in to the conference.
Guy Sequin is a systems engineer with Dairy Farmers of Ontario. He was senior policy advisor with Dairy Farmers of Canada and will be our keynote speaker.His topic will be Pro Action and the new regulation 761 of the Milk Act (Effective May 1 2018) and how producers need to know what is and is not acceptable lameness as well as other animal welfare matters.
Carolin Turner who is the national coordinator for classification services . of Holstein Canada. They are responsible for all breeds of dairy cattle conformation evaluations and Pro Action animal assessments relative to lameness on all Canadian dairy farms.
Dr. Ann Godkin DVM our veterinary specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs . (OMAFRA) for 28 years.She has been working to improve cattle health and welfare with a strong interest in bovine foot care. She will update the attendees on possible changes to the Veterinary Act, the time line toward the removal of antibiotics from general retail by the public including trimmers.
Allison Fleming a geneticist with Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) will discuss hoof health data that has been incorporated in sire proofs since Dec. 2017 They will discuss next phases and the financial indexes for lesions and producer hoof health reports.
Neil Barrett is from the United Kingdom. He was a hoof trimmer working for a veterinary practice who struck out on his own creating his business, NJB Hoof Care Neil is the Vice Chair of of the National Assoc. of Cattle Foot Trimmers (NAFCT) helping coordinate education programs for hoof care issues in the UK. He will be sharing how trimmer education works in the UK
Rob Geier owner of Casper Hoof Care established in 2004 is from Alberta and is President of the Western Canadian Certified Hoof Trimmers Assoc. and
Doug Johnstone of AR PE Hoof care established in 1995 is from British Columbia
were among the first group of certified hoof trimming instructors in Canada by DTC+ in Oenkerk, Netherlands, teaching the 5 Step Method. They will be speaking about the past four years of Western Canadian Certified Hoof Trimmers Assoc.
They will discuss their history, issues and communication success they have built with industry partners
Vic Daniel owner of Vic's Custom Clips established in 1984 is Past Pres. Hoof Trimmers Assoc. He has done education programs with Cornell University Extension Offices will be presenting how recording can evaluate and eliminate science friction in the barn. From hoof trimming methods to helping RED code Pro Action herds (-) move up to the Green. (+)
Please see the official program for full biographies of our speakers
There will be three workshops moderated by Dr. Ann Godkin
1. Hoof Trimming Assessing, what is credible according to hoof care providers
2. Shopping for hoof care help. what issues are still preventing lameness to be solved by hoof trimmers;
Flooring, stall size foot bath protocols or lack of, front leg structure, sand effects on medial claws etc.
Its an open forum for all to discuss
3. Where do we go from here as a group given the changes presented?
Making the OHTG more official and able to be a credible proponent of hoof care to our industry partners and clients
You can download our PDF files for attending our conference. Be advised for those traveling to Ontario from other countries or even other provinces it is highly advisable to have travel insurance to protect yourself and those traveling with you. Ontario health care is not free for those not registered with the provincial medical system.