Footrot in import ram
An isolated case of virulent footrot has been detected in a stud ram imported by a central grainbelt grower from the Eastern States.
The finding was made during a routine follow-up inspection by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development after the animal cleared border inspections on the way into WA.
The property involved is now subject to movement restrictions to limit the potential for spread of disease.
DPIRD footrot control program manager Jenny Cotter said the farm operator had followed import protocols and isolated the ram, which had minimised the likelihood of spread.
She said footrot had not been found in any other animals transported on the same truck.
As part of WA’s entry conditions, sheep imported from interstate must be certified by a vet as coming from a property that does not have active virulent footrot and are checked at the border.
Sheep then undergo two inspections by a DPIRD inspector or private vet at 28 to 35 days and 90 to 100 days post-arrival.
“These border controls and follow-up inspections and testing are an important part of disease control to protect WA animal health,” Dr Cotter said.
Footrot can impact livestock productivity and a key sign is lameness from lesions on the feet.