Know How / Foot health

Advice on the prevention and treatment of lameness in beef and dairy cattle and sheep. Find out how to deal with foot health issues including spotting the symptoms of scald, footrot, CODD, digital dermatitis and foul and best practice on foot-trimming, foot-bathing and carrying out mobility scoring.

Advice and tips

SHEEP

Advice for buying rams and observing quarantine protocols

More rams are likely to be sold direct off-farm this year due to the cancellation of some breeding sales under Covid-19 restrictions. That means asking for a “bill of health”…

LIVESTOCK

How to tackle chronic dairy cow lameness and mobility

Lame cows have lower milk production, reduced feed intake, and are less likely to display estrus, all of which increase the risk of culling. Therefore, it's no wonder lameness is…

FOOT HEALTH

Why farmers should tackle sheep lameness before summer spike

Sheep producers should introduce extra management measures to tackle lameness in flocks ahead of a seasonal summer spike, warn vets. Vet Joe Angell from Wern Vets in north Wales explains…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Step-by-step guide to identifying and treating lame cows

Lameness levels have increased from 38 to 40 cases per 100 cows, probably as a result of heat stress over the summer and more time spent standing to cool down.…

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Case studies

MEDICINES

How one sheep farmer eliminated watery mouth and joint ill

Matthew Isaac has reduced cases of watery mouth and joint ill at lambing to nothing by using good bacteria to keep infections at bay.   Mr Isaac, who runs a…

FOOT HEALTH

How sheep farmer has reduced lameness to just 3%

First-generation farmer Richard Fairbairn has reduced lameness in his sheep flock from 10% to 3% by vaccinating ewes and changing his buying practices. Mr Fairbairn, who farms in partnership with…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How a sheep farmer has reduced lameness by 28%

A Cheshire sheep farmer who has reduced lameness rates to just 2% from a one-time high of 30% says working with a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) at his animal health…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How leg sensors helped get on top of lameness in dairy herd

Rear leg sensors fitted on all cows in a Scottish dairy herd has been key to getting on top of lameness and identifying lying time differences between groups of cows.…

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Insights

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Sheep lameness: The successes and remaining challenges

In 2012, Farmers Weekly launched the Stamp Out Lameness campaign after sheep lameness hit the government's radar when the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) put forward an Opinion on Lameness…

FOOT HEALTH

4 ways to reduce sheep lameness to less than 2% by 2021

UK flocks have already worked hard to reduce lameness to less than 5% by 2016, but the next target set by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) is to reduce…

Research sheds light on tackling CODD

New research findings on contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD) in sheep highlight the importance of isolating bought-in stock and suggest a link to digital dermatitis in cattle. A survey of…

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News

FOOT HEALTH

Cattle health research reveals biggest challenge for farmers

Lameness has been singled out as the top health and welfare challenge in the cattle sector by a survey of 240 farmers. More than one-third (36%) of respondents specified this…

FOOT HEALTH

Sheep farmers failing to implement good lameness control

Sheep farmers need to focus on all parts of the FAI Farms Five-Point Lameness Plan if the target to reduce the national incidence to 2% or less by 2021 is…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Call for vigilance as blowfly strike risk rises

The risk of blowfly strikes in sheep flocks is increasing rapidly and the National Disease Information Service (Nadis) has warned farmers to increase vigilance. The disease primarily affects sheep on…

LIVESTOCK

Hi-tech ear tag gives early warning of sheep lameness

New technology could help tackle lameness in sheep by providing farmers with an early warning of a developing problem in their flocks, researchers have found. More than 90% of UK…

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Video

FOOT HEALTH

Advice on how to vaccinate sheep against foot-rot

Vaccination to reduce foot-rot in sheep is just one part of a national five-point plan designed to lessen overall disease pressure from infectious lameness, by improving flock resilience to the…

LIVESTOCK

Hit Squad helps tackle lameness in Carmarthenshire

As a follow-up to Farmers Weekly's campaign, sheep lameness experts Ruth Clements of FAI Farms and vet Joseph Angell from Liverpool University formed the Stamp Out Lameness Hit Squad. They…

LIVESTOCK

Welsh sheep farm looks to Stamp Out Lameness

As a follow up to Farmers Weekly's campaign, a group of specialists teamed up to form the Stamp out Lameness hit squad and visited three farms to highlight key areas…

LIVESTOCK

Video: Detect lameness early with new automatic system

A new fully automated mobility alerting system could help dairy farmers tackle lameness. IceScore Mobility from IceRobotics, automatically and continuously monitors dairy cows and promptly alerts the farmer when an…

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