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Unread November 19th, 2009, 11:14
andyjackson andyjackson is offline
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Default Cattle and calf hoof size?

Hi,

Can anyone help me with any guidance on cow's and their calves hoof size?

I work for a civi engineering company who are currently designing a fish pass structure to bypass a weir. The structure will be located on a farmer's field and will have a grating across the top.

The clear gap in the grating is 42mm by 42mm. Is this small enough to prevent cattle hooves from becoming trapped?

Thanks for any help,
Andy
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Unread November 23rd, 2009, 15:06
joncowcare joncowcare is offline
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Hi Andy,
The size is just about small enough for a grown cow but not a calf, [don't forget a cow has two digits to each hoof] I think you'll find that cows really do not like grating, they prefer solid flooring and will probably baulk when they come to the grating border.
You might need to put some thin sheet over a small area to allow them access across or else spend some time with training them by placing some grating on a solid surface in their yard and running them across.
It would help if you could either post a photo of the grating or else a link to help us help you more.
Good luck !
Jon
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