Lameness can pose huge economic losses to your flock. Wynnstay can provide you with the advice that you need in order to reduce lameness.
The drier late summer months are a good time to implement a flock lameness reduction programme and slash the costs of this debilitating disease. The estimated losses from footrot alone equate to around £6 a year for every ewe in Great Britain(1).
Reducing Costs of Sheep Lameness
Use of the unique FOOTVAX™ vaccine as part of the industry supported five-point lameness reduction plan can help cut these costs. The five-point plan builds flock resilience to disease, reduces the infection challenge on the farm and establishes immunity. The result is a significant reduction in the number of lame sheep on the farm.
Vaccination with FOOTVAX™ is an aid to preventing lameness in a flock by stimulating immunity to (and reducing lesions caused by) Dichelobacter nodosus, the bacteria causing footrot. Vaccination should be on a whole flock basis and timed to coincide with times of high disease risk on the farm.
(1) EBLEX. Sheep industry lameness campaign leaflet (2014).