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An intervention study to minimise footrot in sheep - AW1021

Main objective: To test the hypothesis that footrot and interdigital dermatitis are caused by infectious agents and are inter- related. Their prevalence in a flock is determined by susceptibility and exposure, the latter is determined by the prevalence of footrot and interdigital dermatitis. Current flock level control measures (foot trimming and footbathing) potentially increase susceptibility through damage to the foot. Exposure can be reduced by treating individual diseased sheep i.e. through lowering prevalence.

Policy relevance: This proposal addresses the Defra policy to improve welfare and health of farmed livestock. In particular it addresses the concern that footrot in sheep is one of the most important causes of poor welfare.

Use of results: To provide farmers with a feasible technique to minimise footrot and interdigital dermatitis in their flock.
Project Documents
• Final Report : An Intervention Study to Minimise Footrot in Sheep   (431k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2007

Cost: £353,335
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Warwick
Animal Welfare              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare