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shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Balding sheep again..
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2013, 12:12:21 pm »
Not nice, my thought would be scab, but she could have lice as well , a skin scraping would have confirmed or not, but you have covered lice/scab with your treatments, hope you treated every sheep with both. Since you say they can take shelter, so long as she is comfortable coming in and lying down she should be okay.  In a day or two oil or cream may help the skin to heal, you can buy a cover for sheep , used to keep clean when showing, if you want to bring her in then yes give her company.   Hope you are now on top of the problem :relief:

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Balding sheep again..
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2013, 01:22:24 pm »
Looks like scab to me, FiB. 

You did treat all your sheep with the Dectomax?

I think you've said that you have shared boundaries with (an)other sheepkeeper(s)?  You must tell your neighbours what's happened, and if your ewe gets better with the Dectomax that it looks as though it was scab. 

Unfortunately, both scab mites and chewing lice can survive away from the sheep for 17 days, so your fence posts can remain infective to your neighbours' sheep for that long.  And, if not treated soon, your neighbours' sheep will be able to reinfect your sheep once the Dectomax has left their system.  Withdrawal period for sheep is 63 days, so you want your neighbours all treating their sheep within the next month, really.
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Balding sheep again..
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2013, 01:57:26 pm »
Is Scab not notifyable?
 
Thanks for posting the picture, I have never seen anything like this on my sheep (yet!), so it gves a good idea to look what to look out for. For broken skin on my goats I have been using an AloeVera gel that you can get in the horsey section, and it has healed in no time.

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Balding sheep again..
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2013, 04:37:18 pm »
Looks like scab to me, FiB. 

You did treat all your sheep with the Dectomax?

I think you've said that you have shared boundaries with (an)other sheepkeeper(s)?  You must tell your neighbours what's happened, and if your ewe gets better with the Dectomax that it looks as though it was scab. 

Unfortunately, both scab mites and chewing lice can survive away from the sheep for 17 days, so your fence posts can remain infective to your neighbours' sheep for that long.  And, if not treated soon, your neighbours' sheep will be able to reinfect your sheep once the Dectomax has left their system.  Withdrawal period for sheep is 63 days, so you want your neighbours all treating their sheep within the next month, really.

I think this is the cause of the ongoing problems!! Many vets have never seen scab so would not think of it ::) So i think you need to get together with your neighbours and discuss an action plan....
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FiB

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Bala, North Wales
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Re: Balding sheep again..
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2013, 05:55:05 pm »
Looks like scab to me, FiB. 

You did treat all your sheep with the Dectomax?

I think you've said that you have shared boundaries with (an)other sheepkeeper(s)?  You must tell your neighbours what's happened, and if your ewe gets better with the Dectomax that it looks as though it was scab. 

Unfortunately, both scab mites and chewing lice can survive away from the sheep for 17 days, so your fence posts can remain infective to your neighbours' sheep for that long.  And, if not treated soon, your neighbours' sheep will be able to reinfect your sheep once the Dectomax has left their system.  Withdrawal period for sheep is 63 days, so you want your neighbours all treating their sheep within the next month, really.

I think this is the cause of the ongoing problems!! Many vets have never seen scab so would not think of it ::) So i think you need to get together with your neighbours and discuss an action plan....

I will try :fc: :fc:  but am surrounded by a couple of rogues (one got prosecuted last year for dumping one of his dead sheep in someones wheely bin - gives you an idea - but even that is achange from norm (which is let them rot in field))  Animal health, police etc are on case.  I agree that this is probably source of my ongoing (Autumn Winter) problem.  We are thinking of putting up another fencline and hedging to make a bigger buffer. 
 
Yes, all sheep done for everything now.  Will try some aloe vera on scraggy (as she is now called, poor girl).
 
Thaks all again xxxx

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Balding sheep again..
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2013, 09:13:13 pm »
Is Scab not notifyable?
Just in Scotland, Anke.
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Balding sheep again..
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2013, 09:31:17 pm »
Is Scab not notifyable?
Just in Scotland, Anke.

Aaaah, thank you. That's where we are. Not had scab (YET)... :relief:

 

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