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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: tommytink on October 14, 2020, 07:34:25 pm

Title: Orf (again)
Post by: tommytink on October 14, 2020, 07:34:25 pm
Just checking - sheep could get orf any time as it’s a bacterial infection, right?!
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: twizzel on October 14, 2020, 07:58:45 pm
Yes, if it’s on your land it can rear it’s ugly head anytime. If you’re having big problems you can vaccinate but once you start you can’t stop.
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: Anke on October 14, 2020, 08:35:52 pm
Just checking - sheep could get orf any time as it’s a bacterial infection, right?!


It's a virus, and therefore should be left to run its course. Secondary bacterial infection might need treating if bad, but I have never done it.
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: tommytink on October 14, 2020, 08:36:49 pm
Thanks! Not a big problem touch wood, just noticed one of my ewe lambs a bit scabby either side of her nose, with one side breaking up slightly. Slathered in sudocrem and will keep an eye on her  :)
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: Backinwellies on October 15, 2020, 07:58:58 am
Thanks! Not a big problem touch wood,

touching wood could be the problem!  :innocent:
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: Possum on October 15, 2020, 05:36:43 pm
Anke is right. It is a viral infection and usually runs its course in 3-4 weeks. Unless it is present in suckling lambs it usually sorts itself out. Having said that, you can get a secondary bacterial infection. If you start to see swollen inflamed patches then Sudocreme can work quite well.
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: shep53 on October 16, 2020, 10:25:03 am
Bear in mind that HUMANS CAN BE AFFECTED by ORF  and many are,normally fingers but iv'e seen it on arms  and only once on a face ,not pleasant !
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: Talana on October 16, 2020, 06:34:51 pm
denis brinicombe frobut tubbys stops orf and clears it. (frobut -orf tub backwards) If we notice eg. pet lambs getting orf put the tubs in.
Title: Re: Orf (again)
Post by: Possum on October 17, 2020, 07:28:27 pm
Good point Shep 53. Always wear gloves when dealing with Orf.