We’ve created an infographic about the impact of lameness in British sheep, and how to prevent it, based on research conducted by the Government’s Animal Welfare Committee. (We’re in no way associated with the AWC, we just create infographics about interesting animal welfare-related research and topics).
Preventing footrot to reduce lameness in sheep across the UK
Footrot and CODD are contagious diseases which can be incredibly painful for British sheep – especially if left untreated. Farmers estimate 10% of their flocks are affected by footrot, and the UK’s temperate climate with wet, mild winters make British sheep especially prone to footrot bacteria flourishing. This causes painful lameness in sheep.
Legally, owners are required to check their livestock daily and treat any conditions promptly, however, sometimes either sheep are not being checked regularly enough, or painful conditions are being left untreated.
With a good management system, prompt treatment and regular checks, farmers can reduce the prevalence of footrot within their flocks to just 2%.