Walkease makes blocking effortless.
Questions about Walkease hoof preparation
Can I use a hoof rasp?
Note: Any rasp must not have aggressive teeth which will leave a grooved surface. The rasp must be clean, as any surface contamination left may cause the bond to fail.
Can I use a grinding disc to prepare the hoof for the Walkease block?
Can Walkease be used if the good claw has little flat surface area left?
Should I dry the hoof first?
Questions about the Walkease glue
How much Walkease glue do I use?
It should be noted that everything about Walkease is the opposite of most other hoof-block systems:
- The hoof should not be dried
- It can be useful to do a quick, back and forward movement of the block on the hoof before finally pressing it in the required position. This can serve to spread the glue lines better but must be done quickly before the glue bonds
- There’s no rush to apply the block after the glue is placed onto it. Walkease glue will not set until it is spread very thin (thinner than a sheet of paper) and pressed between two surfaces. But the glued block should never be taken off the hoof and then re-applied
- The hoof should be put down on the ground promptly following block application to enable the cow to bear weight
Should I keep the Walkease glue in the fridge?
How long can the Walkease glue be stored?
Does the Walkease glue get hot as it cures?
What do I do if I put the Walkease glue on the wrong side of the block?
Can I use other types of glue?
Glue cure time depends on temperature and humidity
Questions about the Walkease block
Can I use two Walkease blocks on one hoof?
Do I trim the Walkease block to size?
- The block should overlap the hoof outer wall by a few (4-6) millimeters so that the load bearing is contained within the block perimeter
- If it is overlapping the hoof wall or heel too much the block is at risk of being caught by the hoof of another cow
- The block should never be applied with the hoof wall hanging over the edge of the block
What if I drop the Walkease block in dirt?
Should I rasp the Walkease block?
Will the Walkease blocks be secure on slat floors?
What if the Walkease block comes off?
Questions about applying Walkease
Do I remove the Walkease block from the hoof?
Can I apply Walkease on a tilt table crush?
- It is recommended to finish all the preparatory work on the hooves before application of the blocks. With a tilt table crush, it is more important than with a stand-up crush that the hoof preparation is perfect
- The hoof sole must be very flat so that when the Walkease block is pressed against it (by hand pressure only) there is the maximum surface contact area possible. With a stand-up crush where the hoof is put down more promptly, the weight of the cow ensures the block conforms to any irregularities of the sole
- The press time of the block on the hoof should be longer in a tilt table crush to compensate for the fact that the cow is not using its own weight to press the Walkease on while the glue cures