- Gather materials: You'll need Bovi-Bond Wood Blocks, Bovi-Bond Block Adhesive, a mixing gun, a cartridge tip, a heat gun (optional), alcohol wipes, and hoof trimmers (optional).
- Prepare the adhesive: Insert the cartridge into the mixing gun and attach a new tip. Ensure the cartridge cap is closed.
- Prepare the hoof: Clean the affected hoof thoroughly with the alcohol wipes. Remove any dirt, debris, or loose pieces of hoof with the hoof trimmers if necessary. Dry the hoof completely with a clean towel or with the heat gun on low setting.
- Heat the wood block (optional): If it's cold weather, briefly heat the wood block with the heat gun (around 10 seconds) to improve adhesive bonding.
- Apply adhesive to the block: Dispense the Bovi-Bond adhesive onto the block in a smooth strip about 15 mm wide. The exact amount and pattern may vary depending on the block shape and hoof size.
- Position the block: Immediately press the block gently onto the clean, dry hoof where it needs support. Aim for a natural hoof angle and avoid overextending the hoof.
- Hold and press: Hold the block firmly in place for about 20 seconds, ensuring good contact with the hoof. Don't squeeze too hard, just enough to maintain optimal bonding.
- Let the adhesive set: Wait for 2-3 minutes for the adhesive to cure completely. The block should be hard and weight-bearing by then.
- Clean up: Remove the used mixing tip and replace it with a cap. Dispose of the used wipes and tools properly.
- For improved hold in cold weather, keep the blocks and adhesive warm before use. You can use insulated coolers with heat pads or hot water jugs.
- Monitor the cow closely after applying the block to ensure comfort and proper fit. Consult a veterinarian if you notice any signs of discomfort or if the block isn't staying on properly.
- Bovi-Bond Wood Blocks typically stay on for 3-4 weeks as the hoof heals. They often fall off naturally, but you can remove them earlier if needed by gently prying them loose.
Remember, it's crucial to consult with a veterinarian or experienced cattle caretaker before attempting to use Bovi-Bond Wood Blocks on your own, especially if the hoof injury is severe or complex. They can provide proper guidance and ensure the treatment is appropriate for your specific situation.
These blocks are suitable for various mild to moderate hoof issues, including:
- Sole ulcers
- White line disease
- Heel erosion
- Lameness caused by hoof overgrowth or uneven wear
- Cost-effective: Compared to rubber or polyurethane blocks, they are more affordable.
- Easy to use: Application is relatively simple with the Bovi-Bond Block Adhesive.
- Comfortable for cows: The lightweight wood is comfortable for the cow to wear.
- Natural and safe: Made from a natural material, they pose no harm to the cow or the environment.
- Less durable: They may require more frequent replacements than rubber or polyurethane blocks.
- Shaping and fitting: Adapting them to the hoof's specific shape might be more challenging.
- Not ideal for all injuries: Severe or complex hoof problems might require different treatment options.
The appropriate size and shape depend on the affected hoof area and its size. Generally, choose a block that:
- Covers the injured area adequately.
- Matches the curvature of the healthy hoof part.
- Doesn't extend the hoof excessively.
Consult a veterinarian or experienced cattle caretaker for guidance on choosing the right block for your specific case.
Applying Bovi-Bond Wood Blocks involves:
- Preparing the hoof: Clean and dry the affected hoof thoroughly.
- Preparing the adhesive: Load the Bovi-Bond Block Adhesive cartridge into the mixing gun and attach a new tip.
- Applying the adhesive: Spread the adhesive onto the block in a smooth strip.
- Positioning the block: Gently press the block onto the clean, dry hoof where needed.
- Holding and pressing: Hold the block firmly for about 20 seconds for proper bonding.
- Letting the adhesive set: Wait for 2-3 minutes for the adhesive to cure completely.
- Always wear gloves and eye protection when handling the adhesive.
- Keep the adhesive and blocks out of reach of children and animals.
- Avoid applying the blocks to hooves with severe infections or deep wounds.
- Consult a veterinarian if you notice any signs of discomfort or infection after applying the blocks.