Hoof trimming

Hoof trimming
One of the most common problems that Vets see on lifestyle blocks is lameness. That is, we see a lot of limping sheep and goats. The most common reason we see lameness in sheep and goats is due to overgrown feet. If these animals are kept in soft grass paddocks and don’t have to walk very far for their food, their feet can grow very quickly. It is recommended that you trim feet every three to four months in normal sheep and goats, or every six to eight weeks in animals prone to foot issues. Otherwise your animals could be at risk of life-threatening foot infections. Additionally, their feet can be so damaged from overgrowth that it is almost impossible get them back to normal, leading to lifelong foot issues.

The good news is that if you understand how to trim feet and you lift your sheep/goats’ feet on a regular basis, you can avoid these terrible complications. There is an old saying “no hoof, no horse.”  As you can see, this saying could just as easily apply to sheep and goats.




Date Added: Wednesday, 9th August 2017


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