Our story

The Hoofman brings passion, commitment and expertise to help farmers maintain healthy hooves in their herd and improve farm productivity.

Johan grew up on a beef farm in South Africa, where from an early age he was devoted to animal stockmanship and welfare. His love of animals led him to acquiring his National Diploma in Animal Health and becoming a qualified veterinary technician.

In 2008, Johan immigrated from South Africa to New Zealand. He adjusted to New Zealand’s farming systems by working on local dairy farms before gaining further experience in dehorning, pregnancy testing, AB and hoof trimming as an veterinary technician.

Johan was working with farmers every day, and he knew he could do more to help them tackle hoof issues, reduce lame cow cases, resolve reproduction issues and improve farming systems. This inspired him to found The Hoofman in August 2014, so he could provide expert hoof services to farmers in the Central North Island 


Qualified Veterinary Technician (Nat Dipl Animal Health).

Qualified and Registered Hoof Trimmer (NZ Hoof trimmers association).

 Vice-President of New Zealand and Australia hoof trimmers association.


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Dry warm weather very welcome!
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Lame cows: Don't let the wet weather slow your cows down.
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We had The Hoofman in for the first time and were amazed how great a job he does and the cows love it, so relaxed. We will be getting him back again

Andrew Dreadon , Farmer

On behalf of my parents Shaun and Vanessa Dempsey. We were really impressed with the set up. Johan provided a very clean, tidy, professional service and was happy to take the time to explain each process,the cows weren't stressed at all. Many Thanks

Vance Dempsey, Farmer's Son

Still in awe of this mornings visit from Johan and his set up. What a fantastic, easy, no drama way to do cows feet. Super fast and knowledgeable. Love Love Love ... will be using The Hoofman again 

Catherine Terry, Farmer

Thanks a lot Johan. I was very impressed with ur machine and the job that was done. Cows were not stressed at all. Will see u again for sure.

Brad Critchley, Farmer

Genuinely cannot believe how amazing Johan is - first time observing Johan at work and can not rate him enough.

I am really nosy and ask a million questions anyway, so it was great to be able to have a chat while he was working.

Cows were calm and well looked after.

Definitely the top man for the job!

Jacinta Lee Joy , Farmer

Today Johan gave my Scottish Highlander Morag a second chance at life. She had an infection brewing and had been lame for some time. I am absolutely thrilled with Johan's service, professionalism and calm and quiet manner. He was so patient with Morag as she was very hesitant about going into the crush, but he gave her the time she needed to settle and walk in.

Helena Gratkowski, Farmer

Excellent. Highly recommended, cows calm and done in no time

Scott Bixley, Farmer

Awesome day with hoofman highly recommend will be getting him back 10/10

Chris Hadlington, Farmer

Johan is the best I've ever seen when it comes to lame cows.

Gareth Morrissey, Farmer

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021 466 367

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