7 June 1996

Foul-in-the-foot

DAMAGED cows feet may be prone to picking up foul-in-the-foot despite the dry conditions.

Although foul commonly occurs in damp conditions, Dr Andrews warns it is seen when mud dries between claws or when gateways and trough surrounds have flints that can damage the area between the claws. Feet are then left open to infection from the foul bug.

"Watch for cases and deal with them quickly," he says. "Check vulnerable areas in fields and ensure they do not contain material that will bruise or penetrate the claws. And let cows take time to walk along roads and tracks."