Lameness hits production, fertility, longevity
identified, and treated effectively.
The good sheep farmer will h a ve a k e e n e y e , a n d w i l l observe the flock closely for signs of lameness.
Separate: separate lame sheep from the rest of the flock, so that healthy sheep are not infected.
Cull: cull persistent offenders. Therefore, records and identification marks are important, so to identify these sheep easily, and to avoid re-treatment on multiple occasions.
Quarantine: all incoming sheep should be quarantined for 28 days, to avoid introduction of a different strain of footrot or CODD. Sheep should be examined thoroughly while in quarantine.
Lame sheep should never, ever be added to the flock
Vaccinate: use of vaccination has been shown to reduce footrot significantly, by protecting individual sheep and reducing the challenge on farm.
Lameness Control is one of the main tasks being addressed for lowland flocks in the Sheep Welfare Scheme. Farmers who have chosen this task must:
Carry out a minimum of five lameness examinations per year, and update their scheme action record book. Farmers must record the percentage of lame sheep, identify cause and treat lame sheep accordingly.
As a guide, photos of the main causes of lameness are included in the action record book for your assistance.
Establish the occurrence of lameness in the flock. Establish the cause of lameness in the flock. Adopt the control measures above, as appropriate to reduce lameness in your flock.