The dangers of trimming

Foot trimming as a routine practice or as a treatment for footrot is bad for sheep

Watch the video below to find out why routine trimming is bad for your flock.

Using trimming to treat footrot delays healing and increases the chance that sheep will become diseased again. This is shown in the graph below – fewer sheep recovered from footrot within 10 days when trimming was included in the treatment.

Important facts

  • Causing bleeding when trimming (routine or for treatment of foot problems) increases the chance of lameness and granulomas.
  • Routine foot trimming doesn’t improve lameness or footrot levels.
  • Routine foot trimming is not necessary or helpful. By cutting it out of your routine, you will save large amounts of time, money and effort.
  • Treating footrot with antibiotics leads to the best recovery.

What happens if feet with footrot are treated without foot trimming?

This is a picture of an infected foot at 4 different times after first treatment with antibiotic injection. The infection is gone in the picture from November 26th, and the hoof horn returns to normal length without trimming in the February 11th picture.


Watch the videos to see what sheep farmers think about foot trimming

What to do next:

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