Learning the Cartridge Basics
When hoof care professionals invest in Vettec products, it’s important to follow usage guidelines to ensure product is applied correctly, avoid costly errors and maintain the life of the product. To achieve optimal results when applying Bovi-Bond™, it’s important to consider these tips when preparing your cartridges:
- Remove the outer cap from the cartridge. Keep the cap to apply after application.
- Open the cartridge by pushing the tip down on a firm surface. Pull up on the cartridge and then backwards to remove the tip.
- Insert cartridge into the dispensing gun with label side up.
- Squeeze out a small amount to ensure both sides dispense evenly.
- Attach a mixing tip by pressing the tip to the gun and twisting clockwise.
- Apply the material to the claw or to the block.
When finished, maintain pressure on the lever of the dispensing gun. Remove the mixing tip, release the pressure from the lever, and apply a cartridge cap.
To keep Bovi-Bond™ materials in good condition, cartridges should be stored properly:
- Do not leave mixing tip on the cartridge when storing. Apply a cap to maintain the condition of the cartridge.
- Again, it is crucial to release the pressure from the lever of the dispensing gun after the cap is applied, but before storing.
Vettec products work best when the temperature of the material is between 15-25 degrees Celsius. The outside ambient temperature is not as critical as the temperature of the material itself.
The new 160ml cartridge
Vettec’s new cartridge works with any Vettec dispensing guns and mix tips.
The new design ensures leak-free dispensing and does not require nippers to open the cartridge, which reduces the margin for error.
Features of the cartridge include:
- 160cc dual cylinder cartridge
- Triple seal piston
- Push & Pull Opening
Attention: New customer hotline effective October 1st, 2017.
Vettec Customer Care has a new phone number. The team will now operate from our main office in Bioggio, Switzerland. The new phone number is: 0041-9161005 05. A bilingual team awaits you calls.
IMPORTANT: REF NUMBER HAS CHANGED
Dear Customer, please be aware that our common Ref number 46906 for the Premium Dispenser has changed. The Ref-Number 46906 changed into 46908.This change comes effective from 1st of January 2017.
New Vettec ULTRA Automatic Dispenser – Dispenses
Blocking Adhesives Consistently and Easily
OXNARD, CALIF. – MAY 17, 2016 – Vettec, the leader in innovative sole support products for more than 20 years, has introduced the ULTRA Automatic Dispenser, which applies Vettec blocking adhesives to cows. The ULTRA helps veterinarians and hoof trimmers apply fast-setting adhesive accurately and quickly. The ULTRA's automatic operation produces effortless dispensing of adhesives at a consistent flow rate and minimizes hand and wrist fatigue.
“Hoof care professionals who have tried the new ULTRA are impressed with the quality and convenience of the product, as it helps them get jobs done faster,” says Frank Dugan, sales manager for Vettec. “The ergonomic design of the ULTRA is more comfortable than standard manual dispensers and allows professionals to apply products accurately in the hoof cavities with less effort.”
The ULTRA Automatic Dispenser allows its users to adjust how fast the product is applied with six variable speed settings. The dispenser comes with two rechargeable long-lasting Lithium ion batteries. Each battery can be recharged with the electric charging cord within one hour. In addition, the ULTRA has a built-in light for hoof care professionals who work in low-light situations. The product is equipped with durable gears and comes with a rugged carrying case.
The Vettec ULTRA Automatic Dispenser is available for purchase at select dealer locations for the M.S.R.P. of $250.
Vettec, based in Orange, Calif., has been developing and manufacturing products since 1952. For the last 20 years, Vettec has been developing innovative adhesive products for the veterinary industry. Vettec adhesives are high-tech and durable, yet easy to apply and fast to dry. For more information about Vettec and its products visit www.vettec.net or call +420 800 260 001. Please send dealer and wholesale inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
USING BLOCKS TO REDUCE LAMENESS IN BEEF AND DAIRY COWS
Similar to how humans use crutches to limit the use of an injured foot in order to heal, cows rely on a similar approach called blocking to allow abscesses, claw injuries or other conditions to heal. Blocks are applied to a cow’s healthy claw to elevate the injured one off the ground so that it can heal and avoid lameness.
The dairy industry has adopted this treatment option to help maintain production, avoid downtime and save money, as lame cows can be costly to the industry. When cows become lame and go untreated, they do not produce as much milk. Worse, the condition can escalate to the point that cows can’t walk, stopping milk production altogether. In the beef industry, if cows are lame they don’t gain weight, stay on the feedlot longer and cannot be sent to processing, costing feedlots more money and time. Using blocking in both industries can save resources and increase production.
Benefits of Blocking for Dairy Farms and Feedlots
Cows that are on feedlots or dairy farms can get many different infections or conditions in their claws. Some of these include White Line Disease, ulcers, abscesses, fractures, thin soles, injuries and more. To detect or prevent some of these conditions, it’s important that a hoof care professional checks and trims the cow’s claws regularly in order to maintain healthy claws.
If a cow becomes lame, it’s important to decipher what caused it in order to treat the condition properly. Blocking, however, can help regardless of the injury or condition to keep business moving. Because blocking will elevate the injured claw off the ground, it will heal faster and alleviate pain. This makes the cow more comfortable and, therefore, allows farms and feedlots to maintain optimal production.
There are different tips and techniques hoof care professionals can use on beef and dairy cows to prevent and treat lameness. Some examples include:
- Both rubber and wood blocks can be utilized on cows. Wood blocks eventually fall off claws naturally, thus eliminating the need to go back to each cow to remove them. Rubber blocks are softer and can be a good alternative for cows with thin soles or sensitive feet, and have to be removed once an injury heals.
- Depending on the cow’s sole thickness, there are different adhesives that can be used to adhere the blocks on the claws to increase the cow’s comfort level. Vettec adhesives Bovi-Bond and Bovi-Bond Soft re proprietary two-part polyurethane adhesives that can be used to bond wood or rubber blocks. Both have a fast, 30-second set time and strong bond, while Bovi-Bond Soft sets with a softer final hardness that reduces sole bruising.
- Check and trim the herd’s claws on a regular basis to ensure that the length is healthy and there are no symptoms of potential conditions or injuries.
The feet and claws support a cow’s entire body weight. With this in mind, it’s important that their claws are treated and maintained to produce optimal output for a feedlot or farm. As humans need to heal a broken bone by relieving the injured foot from any weight-bearing activity, cows need the same treatment with blocking to heal and stay healthy. A lame cow affects more than its ability to walk; it affects its overall heath and the business outcomes for the livestock industry. With today’s blocking and adhesive materials, hoof care professionals can help cows and businesses maintain healthy claws and production more than ever before.