The SaveCows Symposium is held every 3 years and is a great way to network and learn about advances in hoof care. The last symposium was held in November 2016, and here’s what you can expect.


“I felt the quality of the presentations and the overall organization of the Symposium was excellent. I look forward to the next SAVE COWS Symposium because I know that the materials presented will be high quality information with practical applications. Overall, I am really happy that I took the time to go. I think more people in the industry would benefit from spending a few days to focus on the prevalence of lameness on dairies and what we can do about it if we work together.”

Cameron Sorensen – New Richmond, Wisconsin

“I believe life is like a savings account – the more you put in the more you can take out. The Symposium is always a great investment because of the great returns of knowledge and long lasting friendships. They offer a chance to teach and a chance to learn: making a deposit and a bigger withdrawal.”

Bill Abrahamzon – Caledonia, Minnesota

“An excellent Symposium with a great program. I would love to attend next time because I believe that this meeting is very valuable for veterinarians, herd managers, and hoof trimmers alike.”

Dr. Dörte Döpfer – Madison, Wisconsin

“Symposium was phenomenal. It was an excellent meeting that discussed pertinent topics in the industry with presenters that are truly the experts in their field. As someone who consults with hoof trimmers on a regular basis, I consider this the best conference regarding hoof health that our industry has to offer.”

Jeffrey Wheeler – Millerton, Pennsylvania

Travel Logistics

Symposium Site & Lodging

Crowne Plaza Hotel
44022 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is conveniently located 3.4 miles from Dane County Regional Airport and offers free shuttle service to and from the airport.  Other airports near The Crowne Plaza include General Mitchell International Airport (80.8 mi), O’Hare International Airport (131.8 mi) and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (262.9 mi).

Registered as an attendee for the Symposium? Be sure to reserve your hotel room by clicking here.

Program Schedule


7:00-8:00 Promote Hoof Health ~ The Solution to Animal Welfare It Starts with Us ~ Keynote by Nigel Cook
8:00-9:00 Skeletal Structure Changes Caused by Disease ~ Karl Burgi & Travis Busman


8:00-8:50 Skin Histology and Function as it Relates to Digital Dermatitis ~ Dörte Döpfer
9:00-9:50 Hoof Health from the Producer’s Perspective ~ Nick Bell
10:20-11:10 Animal Welfare Affects Everyone’s Bottom Line ~ Nigel Cook
11:20-12:00 Understanding the Facts about Antibiotic Residue in Hoof Health ~ Gerard Cramer
1:00-1:50 Tackling the Challenges of Reverse Corkscrew claws and Thin Soles ~ Travis Busman & Brian Begert
2:00-2:30 BREAKOUT SESSION: Key Factors of the UK Healthy Feet Programme ~ Nick Bell
BREAKOUT SESSION: Identifying Flooring Issues at Modern Dairy Facilities ~ Alan LeBlanc
3:00-3:30 BREAKOUT SESSION: Utilizing Hoof Health Records to Communicate with Clients ~ Karl Burgi
BREAKOUT SESSION: Competent, Contemporary Hoof Care ~ A Case Study ~ David Rowe
3:45-4:15 Maintaining the Integrity of the Digital Cushion ~ Nick Bell
4:20-4:50 Upper Leg Lameness ~ Gerard Cramer, Nigel Cook, Nick Bell, & Karl Burgi
6:45-7:45 No Place but UP! ~ Lance Fox
8:00-9:00 Building Sincere Relationships: Gain Your Client’s Trust ~ Landis Brozak


8:00-8:50 New Developments to Control Digital Dermatitis ~ Dörte Döpfer
9:00-9:50 Foot Baths: Fact & Fiction ~ Dr. Mike Socha
10:20-11:10 Collaborating with Dairy Management: Instigating Change ~ Jim Barmore
11:20-12:00 Sorting out your Information Ration ~ Kimberly Evert
1:00-1:50 In-Line with the Times: Strategic Heifer Rearing ~ Jim Barmore
2:00-2:30 BREAKOUT SESSION: Meeting the Hoof Health Needs on Robotic Dairies ~ Gerard Cramer
BREAKOUT SESSION: Understanding the Causes & Effects of Reverse Corkscrew Claws ~ Travis Busman
3:00-3:30 BREAKOUT SESSION: Work Smarter: Cattle Handling Strategies ~ Gerard Cramer
BREAKOUT SESSION: When and How to Modify Your Trim Schedule on Farms with Excessive Wear ~ Brian Begert
3:45-4:45 What’s your Locomotion Score? Maintaining Trimmer Mobility ~ Ciara Burgi
6:45-7:15 Hoof Health Successes ~ Takahito Hayashi
7:20-8:10 Functional Trimming for Grazing, Free Stall, and Drylot Herds ~ Jaco deBruin
8:10-9:00 Let the Chips Fly! ~ Facilitated Round Table Discussion


7:30-12:30 Evaluating a Dairy Scenario from a Hoof Health Perspective ~ Gerard Cramer & Nigel Cook


Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the 2016 SAVE COWS SYMPOSIUM

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