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humphreymctush

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • orkney
Re: Thoughts on foot trimming?
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2013, 11:31:01 am »
When I first got into sheep I was advised by an old farmer to trim routinely, then about 10 years ago I read an article in a magazine that said it was a bad thing to do so I stopped. I subsequently got less foot problems. I used to get a lot of foot rot and scald but now I don't. I put this down to routine footbathing in Zinc Sulphate.
As for overgrown feet, I think its a cause and effect thing. You see a sheep limping with over grown feet and its easy to assume that she is limping because her feet are overgrown. It is more likely she is limping because she has an infection that has also caused her feet to overgrow.

lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Thoughts on foot trimming?
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2013, 11:43:16 am »
When I first got into sheep I was advised by an old farmer to trim routinely, then about 10 years ago I read an article in a magazine that said it was a bad thing to do so I stopped. I subsequently got less foot problems. I used to get a lot of foot rot and scald but now I don't. I put this down to routine footbathing in Zinc Sulphate.
As for overgrown feet, I think its a cause and effect thing. You see a sheep limping with over grown feet and its easy to assume that she is limping because her feet are overgrown. It is more likely she is limping because she has an infection that has also caused her feet to overgrow.


I think that's right. Mine appear to follow that pattern. Now I have twenty or so ewes I'm planning to be selecting only those with decent feet for breeding from now on, as well as temperament etc. the few with less than good feet (repeat offenders) will be culled out gradually and not put in lamb. Our old ram didn't have very good feet and so Although the feet are OK in the flock, I  need to improve the genetics (which I am doing now using better ram/s, so this years lambs will fingers crossed have good feet)

 

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