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SafeHaven

  • Joined Mar 2017
When can I let sheep out after orf?
« on: April 19, 2021, 06:18:04 am »
I had my first case of orf in my small flock this year. No idea where it came from. Lambs got it and passed scabs to mumís udder. Caught it early, penned them away from the other sheep, used sudocreme on the scabs and vet prescribed five days of Pen & Strep for mum to prevent mastitis. No other sheep got it.

How do I know when itís safe to let them back out with the rest of the flock?

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2021, 07:45:40 am »
Once the scabs have dried up and fallen off. Though now youíve got it, youíll likely have to manage it every year.

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2021, 10:28:03 am »
OK, so we're in a similar situation. I don't know where it came from (closed flock), but we had it a bit last year, and again this year.

How do you go about managing it?
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2021, 12:16:34 pm »
We put out Himalayan salt blocks, chunks of it in old lick buckets. Helps dry it out around lambsí mouths. I had it on a handful of lambs last year and the same this year. Anything I see on the teats gets sudocremed. Touch wood havenít had any secondary infections.

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2021, 02:01:23 pm »
Is sudocreme definitely ok for sheep?  (I know it's ridiculously toxic to cats, for instance!)
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2021, 02:10:30 pm »
Udder mint is great and smells nice too.

tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2021, 04:20:59 pm »
Is sudocreme definitely ok for sheep?  (I know it's ridiculously toxic to cats, for instance!)

All I can say is Iíve never had an issue and have used it on the lambs mouths and round teats with no ill effects. I know others that use it too. Probably naive but Iíve always gone with if itís okay for human babies itís okay for the sheep. Good job Iíve not got a cat I guess  :roflanim:

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2021, 06:54:12 pm »
Udder mint is great and smells nice too.


Do you smear it udderneath?

I do have some cow udder cream, which is wonderful stuff. It sorts out my winter hands a treat!!
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: When can I let sheep out after orf?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2021, 07:52:30 pm »
Udder mint is great and smells nice too.


Do you smear it udderneath?

I do have some cow udder cream, which is wonderful stuff. It sorts out my winter hands a treat!!


Yes, itís wonderful at cooling the udder so helps with inflammation too.

 

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