I recently purchased some replacement Hereford heifers that were long bred. The owner had apparently fed them some grain to obviously make them eye appealing, which almost made me not purchase them. Several have laminitis or at least that is my diagnosis. I have lifted the front foot to see if something was stuck in the foot, but found nothing. The hoofs are not grown out but this one is trying to break off. I have treated with a product given by my vet, four white pills about the size of a nickel,(USDA is considering removing it from the market; no established tolerance in meat) the name I cannot remember, but I have had excellent results crushing these tabs and mixing in a small amt. of feed. Beats handling the animal. Treated for three days with some improvement, but there is swelling above the hock to just above the knee joint. Any thoughts on what to consider for future treatment? This is not foot rot, though I have administered LA 200 as a precaution. The heifers are high dollar animals, thus my concern. Thanks for any suggestions you might have and for your willingness to share information with the discussion board. Mike H.