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  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Cornwall
    • Binty's Farm
« on: August 03, 2010, 08:59:42 am »
Hi all,

Yesterday, we spent an hour or so in the field with one of our hoggets de-flystriking her.  There had been no signs of it until yesterday when she had been lying down a lot.  We are a bit perplexed because all of the sheep have been sheared and had crovect put on about 3 weeks ago; none of the others have strike.  Thankfully.

Even though she is all cleaned up, would it be a good idea to give her a shot of antibiotics? 


  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 10:43:25 am »
One of mine had flystrike and the local rescue centre treated hin and they gave him  a shot of sntibiotics so seems a good idea after flystrike.
I am now fixed up with a Ewe Lamb.

Daisys Mum

  • Joined May 2009
  • Scottish Borders
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010, 03:03:45 pm »

My farmer neighbour tells me Clik is better than Crovect (after I bought Crovect of course)


  • Joined Jun 2008
    • golocal food
    • Facebook
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010, 04:59:42 pm »
click is good for keeping flies off but crovect will kill flies when struck. also the withdrawal period for click is longer so you can't use it on sheep going to slaughter. I can't remember what the withdrawal is for click its 7 days for crovect tho.although we wouldn't use it for a lamb going in the next month if we could avoid it


  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 06:32:39 pm »
Crovect is best if the magots are in the skin.  Spray it onto the magots and in seconds you will see them coming out of the wound and dying. Then spray Teramyson to dry the wound up.  Hope that helps.


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 11:53:00 pm »
As Charlie says, and definitely yes to a dose of antiBs.  Flystrike will knock them back badly, leaving them exposed to other infections such as pneumonia.
I can only think that the Crovect missed the bit which has been struck, or possibly she was so close-shorn that there was no wool for the liquid to stick to.  Bad luck, but well spotted.  One of the ewes we rescued had been badly struck but now she is doing really well and the wool is beginning to regrow over the whole affected area, so no scar.
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