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Footrot in Sheep

Antibiotic injection. Photo by Peter Dean,
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Effective control of footrot
and scald in sheep

Footrot is an infectious disease

Footrot is an infectious disease that needs to be prevented from spreading between sheep. Our research indicates that more emphasis needs to be placed on this fact.

If you find sheep lame with footrot:

  • Treat within 3 days with antibiotic injection and spray

  • Do not trim the feet at all

  • If possible, separate sheep with footrot or scald from the flock

You can find more details in the Treatment section of this website.

Avoid foot trimming

We investigated routine lameness managements in sheep. This work shows that:

Routine foot trimming

  • where bleeding occurs can lead to long term lameness
  • can permanently damage the shape of the foot
  • is probably unnecessary on many farms
  • should not be part of a footrot control programme

Do not foot trim sheep with overgrown feet unless it is affecting their ability to walk – on many farms long feet will wear away naturally.

Include the control and prevention of footrot
and scald in your Flock Health Plan.

This website combines existing knowledge and our recent research results. It describes an effective and workable footrot and scald control programme.