24 March 2000

Eye entropion cure maintaining disease

TREATING individual lambs for eye entropion is becoming so successful that the problem will continue to rise, unless producers stop retaining cured lambs for breeding.

Independent vet consultant Tony Andrews warns that because entropion, turning in of the eyelid, has a genetic origin, lambs are not suitable for breeding and must be finished.

"Once these lambs have recovered, it is difficult to pick them out of a flock." But not doing so will see more of them born in future.

He suggests tagging these lambs as a means of quick identification. Ear notching would be another option. Although it is not popular from a welfare point of view, it is probably less of a welfare issue than breeding more lambs with entropion, he says. &#42