Lameness in Sheep

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Lameness in Sheep

Lameness in Sheep

By Scott Ison, District Veterinarian, Murray Local Land Services, Albury

Sheep farmers in the Murray LLS region are reminded to monitor their sheep for lameness through winter and spring. Lameness reduces profitability in affected flocks through reduced weight gain and ill thrift, poor joining, treatment costs, reduced sale prices and in cases where ewes are affected close to lambing, death due to recumbency and lambing sickness. Foot problems occur commonly in our region due to bacterial diseases such as Ovine Interdigital Dermatitis, Benign Footrot, Virulent Footrot, Foot Abscess and Toe Abscess. Problems usually start during wet weather, especially east of the Newell Highway where rainfall is typically higher.


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