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Author Topic: Is this orf?  (Read 273 times)

Farmsheep99

  • Joined Mar 2021
Is this orf?
« on: March 25, 2021, 09:07:16 pm »
Got a sheep here with a swollen upper lip/muzzle. She has some scabs around her mouth and a pretty big scab on her nose, sheís got noisy breathing as well. I think this could be orf but would that cause this much swelling?

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 03:04:20 pm »
So sorry, have only just seen your post.

Cannot see the pic, can you please retry?

There is another recent thread about orf, with a pic of a nasty case, might be worth having a look see at that too.  Linky
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landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2021, 05:56:43 pm »
Yes it does look like orf. I've found the best treatment is to make a mixture of sulphur and salt (@50:50) and to put it in a container so your animals can help themselves. The scabs will take a while to go but the sulphur:salt mixture will help them dry up and prevent them getting infected, and passed on to other animals.


You can buy sulphur from a chemist as Flowers of Sulphur, or from your agricultural supplier as powdered sulphur, in a tub, or off the internet.   
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Farmsheep99

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2021, 09:30:11 pm »
So sorry, have only just seen your post.

Cannot see the pic, can you please retry?
 Thanks yes itís just a short video here.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2021, 09:58:56 pm »
I don't think we can do videos on TAS.  Can you upload a still pic?
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Farmsheep99

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2021, 10:05:42 pm »
I don't think we can do videos on TAS.  Can you upload a still pic?
Yes

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2021, 10:12:00 pm »
Yup, looks like orf.

It can get quite sore and sometimes puts them off eating.  So it's worth washing it (Daz is the best thing to use, I kid you not) and putting some purple spray afterwards on to stave off further secondary infection.  Also make sure they have soft grass available to eat, and maybe some pellets that won't stick to the sores.  They may have sores inside the mouth which make it uncomfortable to chew, so perhaps also a feed block they can lick.

Remember it's highly contagious, to you and by you, so wear gloves and change your clothes after handling them or being in their pen. 
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Farmsheep99

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2021, 10:33:53 pm »
Yes it does look like orf. I've found the best treatment is to make a mixture of sulphur and salt (@50:50)
Yup, looks like orf.

It can get quite sore and sometimes puts them off eating.  So it's worth washing it (Daz is the best thing to use, I kid you not) and putting some purple spray afterwards on to stave off further secondary infection.  Also make sure they have soft grass available to eat 

Thanks for the advice. Iíve cleaned her face a bit and used some iodine solution on her. Iíll look into Daz and Iíll see what I can get her for soft foods. As for the sulfur and salt mixture Iíve got a mineral tub out there for them, Iíll check to see the sulfur-salt content in it.

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Is this orf?
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2021, 10:45:11 pm »
Brinnicombe Frobut buckets are very effective at treating orf. Or rock salt lumps will do the same thing as the buckets and dry the sores up. I use both to keep orf under control in my lambs out in the field, have to watch the ewes udders but most of my ewes have a bit of immunity now as theyíre homebred and have had orf themselves.


In future years you may find vaccinating with scabivax beneficial?

 

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