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  • Joined Mar 2016
Orf in lambs
« on: March 07, 2016, 03:59:30 pm »
Hi Everyone,

I am new to this site, but I'm hoping you can help. I've had a few orphan lambs from a farmer and they had orf. One I treated with ovaloids and orph paste and it cleared up wonderful, but I have the other which seems to be getting worse.
People have said to use rock salt, is this as a lick or watered down solution to bathe? I also have it on my finger despite being careful so any help on getting rid of it myself would be fab too.

Thanks in advance.

Jukes Mum

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • North Yorkshire
Don’t Monkey With Another Monkey’s Monkey


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Orf in lambs
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2016, 02:11:48 pm »
We use rock salt and Tubby buckets to help but once they have it you just have to let it run its course. We noticed when the tubby buckets and salt went out whilst some lambs did still get orf it wasn't half as bad as before we had the buckets and salt out. No amount of creams will help, the salt will dry up the wounds best. Just keep an eye out for secondary infection.


  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: Orf in lambs
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2016, 02:53:11 pm »
I found Sudocreme excellent for curing orf


  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Orf in lambs
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2016, 10:32:05 pm »
Salt and sulphur mixed dry in roughly equal quantities. Place in small container for them to help themselves.
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  • Joined Mar 2014
Re: Orf in lambs
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2016, 11:31:53 pm »
You get bucket licks which help clean up orf, magic stuff. We sprayed dilute iodine or antiseptic spray on, but the buckets did the trick.  The lamb that's not doing so well may have a secondary infection, so may need antibiotics (antibiotics does nothing for orf)  You just have to let it run it's course.
For yourself you just have to let it run it's course, but watch for secondary infection.
 I had orf on my thumb once and I kept it wrapped up with antiseptic cream then milk filter wrapped round( make shift comfortable bandage.)Keep plenty of cream and padding on it especially once it starts to go sore and I had the thumb of a plastic glove on top to prevent more infection. Knowing you can't do anything I did not go  to doctor but after reading online and  I started to get v faint red lines on my arm  and realising this was serious I went to doctor and got antibiotics as infection going up arm and got supply of padding and bandage and having to go back to nurse to get it checked and re banadaged. Wasn't so sore after antibiotics killed off infection) Doctor had to google it as well luckily one of the nurse's had seen it before. I was star attraction to every doctor and nurse in the surgery.
To start with it's not sore just a growing bit of hard skin but then gets bigger and blood vessels appear throbing and painful ,loads of soothing antiseptic cream and padding helps. Then the swelling suddenly goes down and not sore but just left with deformed skin but that eventually peels off and then your back to normal again although new skin tender for a while.
  SALT! OWEEEEE. I also dipped affected thumb in diluted iodine  - soothing as is loads antiseptic cream like germolene but any would do.


  • Joined Mar 2011
  • North Yorkshire
Re: Orf in lambs
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2016, 09:12:32 pm »
We had it really bad & nearly lot a lovely lamb to it, make sure the scabs if around the nostrils don't hinder breathing, as this happened to us ... I washed them everyday with iodine solution, then covered them in sudocreme, and as it was summer had to watch for flys but also added dirolight (can't spell it) into the water bucket to keep them hydrated, worked a treat! We now vaccinate against it as never want to put our flick through that again


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