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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

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Topic: Health

Production:  Meat/Dairy

Animal Category: All

Issue: Lameness

Level of Solution: Knowledge, Practical

Country: UK






Expected benefits

Expected benefits:

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.

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