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Treatment of ewes and lambs

Field with lambs
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Best practice to control footrot
and scald in sheep

Treatment of footrot

  • Separate sheep with footrot and scald whenever practical to reduce spread in the flock.
  • Inject with one long-acting dose of antibiotic (ensure correct dose, underdosing delays recovery).
  • Do not trim the hoof horn, this delays healing.
  • Mark affected leg of treated sheep.
  • Date
  • Ear tag
  • Cause of lameness
  • When cured, return sheep to main flock. Sheep should be sound within 2 - 10 days of treatment.
  • If still lame after 14 days, check diagnosis is correct and re-treat.
  • Cull sheep lame with footrot and/or scald more than twice a year or not responding to treatment.

Treatment of scald

Individual ewes
  • Treat as for footrot.
Individual lambs
  • Spray lesion with antibiotic aerosol.
  • Mark affected leg of treated lamb.
  • Re-treat if still lame after 5 days.
Flock outbreaks
  • Footbathe whole flock using excellent equipment and clean bathing agent at correct concentration.
  • Stand on a hard surface until dry.
  • Turn out onto a clean field.

Antibiotic injection. Photo by Peter Dean, Agripicture.comInjection with antibiotic.

Affected leg marked. Photo by Peter Dean,
Affected leg marked