Current approaches to the management of ovine footrot

K.A. Abbott, C.J. Lewis

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    Ovine footrot remains the most important cause of lameness in sheep flocks in the UK, despite the existence of proven methods for the control of the disease. Recent research suggests that sheep farmers may be unaware of these methods and may allocate greater resources to treatment of footrot rather than to its prevention. Foot paring, topical treatments, vaccination and parenteral antibiotic therapy all have a role in treating sheep with advanced footrot infections, but prevention of severe infections is best achieved by the timely implementation of control programmes. These are usually based on footbathing and vaccination. For control programmes to be effective it is essential that the pathogenesis and epidemiology of footrot is understood and that control methods are implemented at appropriate times in the season, depending on climatic and pasture conditions. This article reviews these strategies and makes recommendations for steps to reduce the spread of footrot between flocks and to reduce the incidence of footrot within UK flocks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28-41
    Number of pages14
    JournalVeterinary Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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