Smallholders Insurance from Greenlands

Author Topic: Foot abcess in young lambs?  (Read 814 times)


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Foot abcess in young lambs?
« on: May 23, 2021, 10:43:47 am »
Anyone seen this before? I haven't got the lambs in yet, but a pair of twins (4 weeks old today, well grown) have suddenly both turned lame on the left front foot. I saw one a couple of days ago lifting the foot, but still racing round with her mates, but today both of them are definitely lame on that foot. The knee joint does not look swollen, and so far none of the other lambs are affected. The foot/claw does look a bit swollen, I will bring them in later today to check for heat etc. I do not think it is joint ill as such, though probably still a bacterial infection quite similar.

Is Alamycin LA the best AB to treat? Does it need repeating in 3 days time? Would you give anti inflammatories as well (I have metacam here and can weigh the lambs)? (With the goats I normally give AI's/painkillers routinely for treating anything that requires AB's).

I have never seen lambs this young lame, and not sure of this is something to do with their dam? They were born outside during the day, penned up and sprayed quickly. Don't think there was any delay in getting colostrum, the ewe has lambed before.


  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Foot abcess in young lambs?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2021, 10:50:21 am »
We've had a couple of lambs like this. Wet long grass causing Strip. I spray with engemisin spray and hold them on my knee until the spray has dried. Seems to work....


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Foot abcess in young lambs?
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2021, 11:08:20 am »
I had a few this year all get little abscesses where the oil gland is on the foot- 3 lambs in a week. No idea why or how they got it. Kept them in, flushed out the abscesses when they burst, and they had a week of daily pen strep and metacam every 3rd day. Right as rain now  :thumbsup:


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Foot abcess in young lambs?
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2021, 11:56:29 am »
First guess would be Scald ,if so then looks like atheletes foot eg pink with a wet look , spray with blue spray or similar


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Foot abcess in young lambs?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2021, 03:01:08 pm »
I would be very surprised if it was scald, as the grass is still very short up here. But am just about to go out and try and get them into a pen (always a hell of a job with lambs at this stage...)


How much should I sell ewes lambs with lambs at foot?

Started by Hillview Farm (10.8)

Replies: 10
Views: 5172
Last post April 22, 2017, 07:15:08 am
by bazzais
Ewes With Lambs at Foot

Started by SteveHants (10.06)

Replies: 6
Views: 2788
Last post June 03, 2012, 09:27:06 pm
by manian
Lambs with foot abscesses

Started by pharnorth (10.06)

Replies: 15
Views: 4767
Last post April 22, 2016, 03:32:54 pm
by Rosemary
Ewes with lambs at foot drying up?

Started by OhLaLa (9.95)

Replies: 10
Views: 6671
Last post April 04, 2013, 02:27:15 pm
by Marches Farmer
In-lamb ewes or with lambs at Foot?

Started by ZaktheLad (9.95)

Replies: 10
Views: 4475
Last post October 04, 2013, 10:55:06 pm
by SteveHants

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Ark Farm Livestock Movement Service

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2023. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS