About Us

Skip is actively sought out as a featured speaker on hoof trimming and other hoof topics. He’s consulted and taught trimming techniques on several large farms throughout the US and has even traveled twice to Turkey.

Skip is an active member of The Hoof Trimmers Association: setting up and manning the booth at World Dairy Expo, serving on the board of directors and contributing numerous articles to the association’s newsletter. Some his articles have also appeared in Progressive Dairyman. He’s also hosted several hoof trimming clinics and has been in charge of the Wisconsin Getaway, the second largest hoof trimming conference in the US. Skip is a 30 plus year member in the Masonic Lodge and is also involved in the Baraboo Theatre Guild, Shrine and the American Legion. Additionally, he served 15 years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Skip lives in Baraboo with his wife Anne and daughter Maria

Education: BS Biology UW­LaCrosse, International Hooftrimming School Numerous military schools including: Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Infantry Advanced, Armor Basic, OCS and Air Assault.

Our Articles

Trimmers gather in Syracuse for Hoof Health Conference

November 6 2017 - Progressive Dairyman

Hoof trimmers, industry representatives and sponsors gathered in Syracuse, New York, July 19-22 to attend the Hoof Health Conference.

Hoof trimmers gather to listen and learn .

July 18 2017 - Progressive Dairyman

Over 80 hoof-trimming enthusiasts met in Tomah, Wisconsin, to network and learn more about their trade at a winter getaway on Feb. 18-19.

The ethics and economics for trimming cull cows.

November 4 2016 - Progressive Dairyman

When helping a dairyman sort cows to be trimmed, I often point out cows in the herd that have a limp or long toes. All too often, I hear the dairyman saying, “We won’t trim her because she’s a cull cow.”

Hoof trimmers demonstrate how to trim on two different chutes.

July 18 2016 - Progressive Dairyman

For about 15 years, I have been volunteering to help the Hoof Trimmers Association by manning the organization’s booth at World Dairy Expo. Each year, I strike up conversations with visiting trimmers and discuss trimming techniques.

Three Days Trimming Hooves In Turkey.

July 14 2015 - Progressive Dairyman

Animal welfare is a front-and-center issue that requires careful communication of real procedures used on farms by hoof trimmers.

What You Really Wanted to Know about Footbaths.

March 31 2015 - Progressive Dairyman

Understanding the purpose of a footbath and how to more effectively use one on your dairy can save money and enhance the safety of cows, people and the environment.

Cow Psychology: Handle Them By Getting Into Their Heads.

February 28 2013 - Progressive Dairyman

While volunteering at the Hoof Trimmers Association booth at World Dairy Expo, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Oguz Calisici, a veterinarian from the country of Turkey and the general manager of a large dairy farm.

Contact


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  608.356.1182

  608.393.1371

  skipblake@yahoo.com