BRINGING DECADES OF EXPERIENCE TO YOU
Our team of instructors and guest speakers are leaders in the fields of hoof trimming, veterinary science, and nutrition consulting. Not only do they communicate the scientific information in an easy-to-understand fashion, but they also provide practical solutions to hoof health issues that they encounter on a daily basis. Our staff gets results in the field.
Karl Burgi, Program Director and Primary Instructor
A hoof trimmer, hoof-care consultant and instructor, Karl travels throughout the world teaching hoof health and lameness prevention, and consulting with dairy producers to minimize lameness.
Karl grew up on a dairy farm in Switzerland where he attended and apprenticed in various agricultural programs. In the early 1980s he traveled to the United States for his post-secondary education and began working as a herd manager on Wisconsin dairy farms.
He launched his full-time hoof trimming business, Comfort Hoof Care Inc., in 1989, and began designing upright hoof trimming chutes to practically restrain cattle. He invented the Accu-trim® Leg Restraint System, featured on all Comfort Chutes, to achieve the optimum heel-to-toe view of the hoof. Today, Karl continues to provide hoof care services to small and large farms in south-central Wisconsin.
In 1995, Karl attended and graduated from the Hoof Care Course at the IPC Dairy Training Center in Friesland, The Netherlands. He began teaching this scientifically based method of functional hoof trimming in 1995 through his comprehensive hoof trimming school, Dairyland Hoof Care Institute Inc. Karl is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
“Through my work I have seen cows endure greater stress as they produce more milk and are confined on concrete more often. This requires more frequent trimming by knowledgeable hoof-care professionals that are getting results.
The more I learn, the more satisfying my work becomes. It is rewarding to see healthier cows and lower levels of lameness. As caretakers of dairy cattle, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to maintain hoof health, which keeps cows productive and in the herd as long as possible.” It is my personal passion and business mission to SAVE COWS®.
Travis Busman, Assistant Program Director and Primary Instructor
We are delighted to have Travis Busman as an instructor here at Dairyland. Our association with Travis began in 2000 when he attended the Technical Hoof Trimming Course prior to launching his hoof trimming business in central Michigan. Since then, he has served the needs of both small, family-owned dairies and large, commercial dairies.
Continued education has always been the keystone of his career. In 2003, he was a student at the Advanced Hoof Health Course. He has traveled abroad to attend the Lameness in Ruminants symposiums and conferences both in Uruguay and New Zealand. Further, he routinely networks with hoof trimmers and researchers both in the United States and within the international dairy community.
He has taught at Dairyland for several years in addition to hosting hoof health workshops in Michigan. Travis traveled to Japan where he trained hoof trimmers and on-farm personnel in the art and science of hoof care.
Travis truly cares about cows and strives to not only provide an excellent service but to educate the dairy managers on practices that will keep cows healthy and productive. We are very proud to have him on our SAVE COWS® team.
Jaco deBruin, Assistant Program Director and Primary Instructor
In 1990, Jaco started his career with a three year apprenticeship as a farrier and after eight years of practice he attended the hoof trimming course in Onderstepoort Pretoria. He attended the Dairyland Technical Hoof Trimming Course in 1999, which inspired him to network with some of the best technicians in the world. Jaco graduated from the Hoof Care Course at the IPC Dairy Training Center in Friesland, The Netherlands in 2003 and attended the Dairyland Advanced Hoof Health Course in 2006.
Jaco has attended many international hoof health events and conferences in the past 25 years. In 2011, he was a presenter at the International Lameness Symposium in Ruminants held in New Zealand. He was a guest presenter in 2013 at the Save Cows Symposium.
Not only is he respected for his hoof health knowledge, but he excels at questioning commonly held practices; challenging his clients and students to think about cow health in new ways. In the past decade he has traveled extensively, teaching on behalf of Dairyland in Japan, United Arab Emirates, Madagascar, Zambia and Saudi Arabia.
Beyond hoof health, he is a farm owner and breeder of a very rare indigenous African beef breed “Jarta Boran”. He is also committed to treating rare and endangered wild life in South Africa. Further, he is a board member of Dairy Feet SA with veterinarians and animal welfare associates.
In 2014, Jaco joined the team of assistant program directors here at Dairyland. This team shares the same passion for cows and hoof health, therefore is able to determine the essential components for each course, keeping this program “ahead of the curve” within the industry. We are proud of this international team who individually provide high-quality service in their businesses and collectively can change the dynamics and direction of the industry.
Jaco stands out because of his dedication to the industry and the dairy cow. He holds himself to high ideals and brings the best out of each student. We are very pleased to have Jaco on the SAVE COWS® team.
Takahito Hayashi, Assistant Program Director and Primary Instructor
Hayashi has been involved in the Japanese dairy industry his entire life. In 1985, he started a hoof trimming business which serves dairies in central Japan currently providing hoof care to over 17,000 dairy cattle per year. His 47 client base ranges from 11 cows to over 1,500 cows.
As part of his trimming business, he has chosen to become educated by attending international schools, conferences and dairy events that provide a complete understanding of the factors the influence dairy cow health. Hayashi feels as part of providing a hoof care service it is also his responsibility to educate his clients. The dairy owners, herd managers and on-farm staff that work with the dairy cows daily should have a good understanding of proper cow handling, footbath protocol, feed management practices, and other environmental conditions that impact the health of dairy animals. Hayashi is a hoof care specialist who provides a “full service”, taking time to teach his clients about modern dairy management practices.
Although he had over 15 years of experience in 2001, Hayashi wanted to learn more therefore he attended our Technical Hoof Trimming Course. He also graduated from the Hoof Care Course at the IPC Dairy Training Center in Friesland, The Netherlands. He launched his own hoof trimming school, teaching the fundamentals of Functional Hoof Trimming to trimmers and dairy managers in Japan.
Providing a complete service to fellow trimmers, he operates a resale business of hoof care tools, supplies and consumables. In 2014, he saw an industry void and decided to start a concrete resurfacing business.
Hayashi was a presenter in 2013 at the Save Cows Symposium. He has served as associate instructor for many Dairyland courses in the United States and Japan before joining the team of assistant program directors in 2014. This team shares the same passion for cows and hoof health, therefore is able to determine the essential components for each course, keeping this program “ahead of the curve” within the industry. We are proud of this international team who individually provide high-quality service in their businesses and collectively can change the dynamics and direction of the industry.
Hayashi believes there will be little profit on dairies if no one takes care of the cow. “She must be healthy to be productive. The challenges on modern dairies are always changing and therefore as trimmers we must strive to meet the needs of the cow by advancing our education.” Hayashi’s concern for cow welfare is the driving force which is exhibited in his daily work. We are very happy to have him join our SAVE COWS® team.
David Rowe, Assistant Program Director and Primary Instructor
David has a genuine passion for dairy cows. His love of cows began at age 11 when he started milking at a local dairy farm that also showed Holsteins. This interest carried through college and resulted in a job as show team manager and herdsman.
He started his hoof trimming business in 1995 serving producers both large and small with various facilities and housing conditions. David obtained his British diploma in hoof trimming and is a licensed member and serves on the committee of the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers. He has been teaching hoof trimming at agriculture colleges in the UK for the past twenty years.
In 2009, David made the decision to push his business forward by investing in equipment that could make his job easier and more efficient. He traveled to the United States to investigate hoof trimming equipment and hoof care practices. He met Karl Burgi, purchased his first Comfort Chute and was introduced to a team of people who shared his philosophy of caring about cows.
David decided to further his training by attending the Dairyland Technical Hoof Trimming Course in 2012. He was invited to be a guest presenter at the 2013 Save Cows Symposium.
He served as associate instructor for in the United States and United Kingdom before joining the team of assistant program directors here at Dairyland in 2014. This team shares the same passion for cows and hoof health, therefore is able to determine the essential components for each course, keeping this program “ahead of the curve” within the industry. We are proud of this international team who individually provide high-quality service in their businesses and collectively can change the dynamics and direction of the industry.
David’s business philosophy is – “I will never stop learning and the more knowledge I gain the better job I can do for my clients and their Cows.” His passion for taking care of dairy cows has never wavered. We are very pleased to have David on the SAVE COWS® team.
Andrew Tyler, Assistant Program Director and Primary Instructor
During a successful career as a herd manager, Andrew developed a keen interest in cow mobility and how this relates to health and productivity. As a result, he chose to pursue a career in cattle hoof care.
In 1991, Andrew attended the IPC Dairy Training Center in Friesland, The Netherlands and obtained his diploma the following year. He obtained his Instructors Diploma in 2008.
In the spirit of furthering the hoof health industry in United Kingdom, he was part of a dedicated group that formed the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers in 1998. As a committee member, he represented this group on the Dairyco Steering Group, overseeing the transition of the Healthy Foot Project from Bristol University. Today, he continues to serve as a board member and provides direction regarding the direction of this national organization.
After practicing and teaching for many years, Andrew attended the Save Cows Symposium and Dairyland Technical Hoof Trimming Course in 2013. He found the experience completely inspirational and felt that with enhanced training he would have greater clarity and therefore be both a better trimmer and instructor.
Not only does Andrew bring many years of teaching experience but also the sincere desire to make a difference in the dairy industry. While enjoying a thriving commercial career, Andrew feels it is a privilege to join the Dairyland program director and instructor team. It is our privilege to have him on our SAVE COWS® team.