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10 May 2017

Harper Adams Workshop Primes Animal Health Advisers to Help More Sheep Producers Stamp Out Lameness Problems

MILTON KEYNES, UK, 10th May 2017 – More than 20 animal health advisers from across the West Midlands and east Wales are now primed to help local sheep producers stamp out flock foot problems after completing a practical workshop on reducing lameness issues.

Held at Harper Adams University (4th May 2017) and organised by MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada), the event trained delegates on how to help sheep farmers implement the industry-accepted five-point lameness reduction plan.

“The five-point plan offers sheep producers a clear lameness management strategy and a practical protocol for reducing the incidence of this costly problem. However, farmers are quite often unsure how to get started, but by offering this training to the animal health trade we hope many more sheep producers will benefit from the helping hand they can provide,” said independent sheep vet and developer of the practical workshop, Dr Fiona Lovatt from Flock Health Limited.

“Implemented correctly, the five-point plan builds a flock’s resilience to disease through culling persistently lame animals, reduces the infection challenge on the farm and establishes immunity through vaccination. Many flocks around the country are seeing the benefits of implementing this plan and sheep lameness nationally would be dramatically reduced if more farmers adopted it,” she said.

Sheep producers interested in implementing the five-point plan on their own farm should contact their local vet or animal health adviser and ask for help from a qualified lameness reduction adviser.


Sheep vet Fiona Lovatt from Flock Health Ltd discussing diagnosis of the various causes of lameness.