How to Recognise Lameness
Solution name: Booklet on how to recognise lameness
Aim: To provide solutions for different causes of lameness in small ruminants (Diagnosing and treating different causes of lameness)
The Quality Meat Scotland booklet is in a handy format and can be kept near your handling facilities. It gives:
- General tips on foot care
- Identifying a normal, healthy foot.
- Guide on how to correctly diagnose and treat various causes of lameness.
In most cases, routine trimming of all feet is unnecessary and can actually do more harm than good.
- Best practise guides for foot bathing and trimming.
How to implement:
Regular foot inspection
Animal Category: All
Level of Solution: Knowledge, Practical
The correct diagnosis and treatment of lameness will improve welfare & productivity. Other potential benefits include reducing the amount of antibiotics used.
Prerequisites and/or limits (knowledge, training, capabilities, cost, management, facilities, equipment, etc.):
- Farmers should be aware of the impact environmental conditions can have on the level of incidence. (e.g. housing conditions – clean, dry bedding) Good, hygienic conditions reduce the opportunity for causative bacteria to spread.
- Farmers should be aware of the appropriate antibiotics to use, and how to administer them effectively.
- Good handling facilities.