Wednesday, July 13, 2016

American Farrier’s Association and Purina Animal Nutrition announce educational partnership

Hoofcare and Lameness Hoof Blog

via press release

The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) and Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC ("Purina") have entered into an agreement that will lend support for the educational goals AFA stresses for its members. It will also offer Purina researchers an opportunity to share results of their considerable body of work in equine nutrition while engaging farriers in discussions about the impact that they observe nutrition having on hoof integrity.

Under the direction of AFA Membership Chairman and President-elect Donnie Perkinson, CJF, a two-day clinic will be offered free of charge to AFA members in each of the five AFA-designated geographic regions. The AFA is scheduling clinics over a nine-month period, beginning in October 2016 with at least one Purina researcher, and one AFA clinician presenting at each event.

American Farrier's Association anvil logo
“We are very excited about partnering with Purina to bring superb educational opportunities to our members,” said Perkinson. “Purina’s reputation as a leader in the field of animal nutrition is built upon the attributes of Integrity, Quality, and Innovation, which complement the AFA’s five founding tenets of Education, Certification, Communication, Innovation, and Research. These clinics will be a great learning opportunity for everyone who attends.”

Purina horse feed
With further sponsorship, Purina will support the AFA in generating a new suite of educational brochures covering hoof care-related topics for farriers, veterinarians and horse owners.
The brochures will focus on the horse owner, vet and farrier relationship, the AFA Certification program for farriers, what AFA membership offers and why regular hoof care is critical to the overall well-being of the horse.

“We are looking forward to forming a partnership with AFA and its members. This partnership will be mutually beneficial as we share science-based nutrition that affects hoof growth and quality and AFA members share their experiences working with hoof quality issues and the effects of various nutrition strategies. We can explore possible future needs for research in this area as well as share the most current information,” said Dr. Karen Davison, Leader, Equine Technical Services for Purina Animal Nutrition.

For more information about the two-day clinics, visit

About the AFA
Founded in 1969, the American Farrier’s Association is the largest U.S.-based organization serving farriers worldwide, and the only U.S. farrier membership association to have an internationally recognized certification program. To learn more about the AFA, visit

About Purina
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC ( is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minnesota and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

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