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