When to use the vaccine
Instructions1) All adults receive an initial dose of 1mL under the skin just behind the ear
2) A second booster injection should be given 4-6 weeks after the first dose
3) Boosters should be given every 6 months from this point on, or once each year 4 weeks before your known high risk period
- Do not vaccinate sheep if they have been treated with injectable wormers containing 1% moxidectin (this can be fatal). If you have used this kind of wormer in the past, please discuss with your vet before vaccinating your flock with Footvax
- Do not vaccinate with Footvax 3 weeks either side of another vaccine
- The vaccination can cause lumps and abscesses where injected, so avoid vaccinating close to shearing time to avoid injury
- If you inject into yourself or a helper go to hospital for immediate treatment, take the vaccine information with you.
The vaccine lasts about 4 months and is about 60% protective. There will still be sheep that become lame and need treatment.
Financial considerations of vaccination
- An initial course of vaccination costs approximately £2.00 per ewe and treatment of lame sheep is still necessary
- The average cost of a treatment for lameness is £1.20 per ewe
- Production costs of lameness vary from £6 - £15 per ewe when lameness is at 6 – 8%
- Production costs are very low when lameness is below 2% and sheep are treated promptly
- It is therefore complex but important to decide when vaccination is financially worthwhile
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