Posted by: 347bennetrd | May 19, 2010

Treating Footrot

Footrot is a common disease among sheep – though some breeds are more susceptible than others.  Underfoot conditions are also important, and some of our hoggets that we had grazing down south came home with sore feet after living on moist ground.  I didn’t realise, but footrot is very contagious with the bacteria  being able to live in the ground for up to two weeks.  The hoof gets more and more infected and can result in the sheep walking on its front knees 😦

Treatment is usually with zinc sulphate.  You pour the crystals into a foot trough with water, hoozle up some sheep and let them stand in the mixture for at least 10 minutes before letting them out and putting some more in.  We put some twotooths and the rams through at least 3 different times.   Here are the twotooths patiently standing in the foot trough waiting for the zinc sulphate to do its stuff.


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