Farmers flock to Yorkshire sheep lameness workshop

MILTON KEYNES, UK, 10 May 2018 – Sheep farmers from across the north of England are now better able to stamp out flock foot problems after completing a practical workshop on reducing lameness issues.

Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground (3 May 2018) as part of the MSD Animal Health Project LAMB initiative, the event demonstrated methods for implementing a practical protocol for reducing the incidence of lameness in sheep flocks.

“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 we hope many more sheep producers will now feel more confident in their lameness management approach,” said independent sheep vet, 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.

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