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  • Joined Jul 2012
limping ewe
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:46:25 am »
Just got Pepsi back from being tupped and they told me she is lame - probably put her foot down a rabbit hole!! 

Had a look at it and nothing obvious apart from there is a tiny hole on the top of her hoof close to the coronet band? I sprayed it and will keep an eye on it.  The hoof quality doesn't look too strong though - is there anything that can be given to improve it?

Probably the commercial farmers would say she should go as she had a foot infection last year and needed the vet.  But she is one of my favourite ryelands (although all 5 of them are!)


  • Joined Nov 2012
  • Nr Crediton in Devon
Re: limping ewe
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013, 01:31:18 pm »
we're a lot like you in that we're probably nowhere near clinical enough when it comes to culling- prob why we don't make much money out of our sheep- though we did cull one last year who had permanent foot problems. we hadn't had her very long so it was easier as we hadn't got particularly attached. i'm a firm believer in trying to ensure that I pay attention to dietary needs. I know that zinc is crucial to hoof hardness and health so always ensure that the mineral blocks I use are high in zinc. I use euroblocs- calseagrit zinc block which I get on fine with though it does dissolve easily in the rain so I built a little roofed area to keep it in. I do work for mole valley farmers who sell them so I get them at a reasonable rate, but would recommend for a good range of trace elements as well as sodium, vital for rumen health. I only use buckets at tupping time and in the run up to lambing when I feel they prob need a bit more energy as they are largely a bucket of sugar


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: limping ewe
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013, 06:51:42 pm »
The tiny hole you are worried about will be a scent gland , one on each foot one on either cheek , can get infected or blocked but rare . if nothing obvious then possibly sprain /twist/knock  maybe re infection or artritis from previous problem ??? :raining:


  • Joined Jul 2011
  • Port O' Menteith, Stirlingshire
Re: limping ewe
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 03:57:58 pm »
If the hole is in the hoof then pare it back to let any infection out otherwise 4ml of pen strep and see how she goes.
It's always worse for someone else, so get your moaning done before they start using up all the available symathy!


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