Preventing footrot in your sheep
Prevention is by thorough examination, footbathing and movement control.
Damage control is minimising the effect by isolation and checking all new sheep until removed or sheep go through spring with no sign of footrot.
Introducing an infected sheep or mob is bad enough but to allow it to spread footrot to others or all mobs is disaster. Treat all new and stray sheep as risks, keep them isolated, handle and visit them last and watch them carefully.
Strays from neighbours
Stray in neighbours
Truck or saleyard
Request the vendor supply a vendor declaration form that the sheep and property are free of virulent footrot.
Vendor declarations are a formal, industry-recognised method of providing a safe way to buy and sell. They reduce the risk of buying virulent footrot and allow the purchaser to return sheep (with full refund of purchase and transport costs) if they are confirmed infected with virulent footrot within 14 days.
Vendor declarations are also available from Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) offices and stock agents.
Footrot within the community
Footrot is a disease that can affect a whole community, not only by spreading disease, but by creating unnecessary ill-feeling and even hostility between neighbours and friends. This can be avoided by:
- recognising that anybody, even the best farmers, can be unfortunate enough to have their flocks contract footrot
- offering support and encouragement rather than isolation and criticism
- immediately notifying neighbours of an outbreak
- keeping neighbours and the community informed of progress with eradication
- an open, honest and caring approach; footrot is a curable disease of sheep not a communicable disease of humans
- working together as a community to solve a problem.