Follow these five important recommendations to start tackling lameness in your flock
1) Avoiding foot trimming: Using trimming as treatment for foot problems delays healing and makes it more likely that sheep will become infected again. Routine trimming damages feet and leads to higher levels of lameness.
2) Prompt treatment of lame sheep: Treating a lame sheep within three days is the best way to make sure it recovers quickly and doesn’t spread the infection to the rest of the flock. Watch the video below to find out about sheep farmer Paul’s experience of using prompt treatment in his flock.
3) Consistent use of antibiotics: Using the correct dose of antibiotic injection (e.g. oxytetracycline) to treat scald, footrot and CODD targets the infection inside the foot that can’t be reached with a spray or footbath.
4) Preventing introduction and spread of disease: Good biosecurity prevents new and returning sheep from bringing new diseases (e.g. CODD) or a new strain of disease (e.g. footrot) into your flock. Separation of lame sheep and culling repeatedly lame sheep help to stop footrot and CODD spreading within your flock.
5) Recording lameness: Marking and recording treated sheep helps to ensure that repeat cases of CODD, footrot and scald are easily identified for culling.
Watch the video below to find out what sheep farmer Reg thinks were the key changes for improving lameness levels in his flock.
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