Sheep: Maggots, scald and shearing - sunny days are here again!
The recent warm and sunny weeks were very welcome after a difficult spring, but there never seems to be a shortage of work when a good spell of weather arrives.
I think most people panic and try and get as much done as possible while it's dry.
I've been kept busy, I had some lambs in to treat them for scald and I noticed that one of the ewes had maggots.
I got her at an early stage and treated her. Blowfly strike has become prevalent over the past week and I decided to treat all the lambs. I think it's much better to prevent problems than waiting for them to happen so Clik pour-on was used as it gives protection against blowfly for a long period and like all pour-ons it's easy to use.
The ewes were not treated and will be all shorn soon. So I've been keeping a close eye on them until we get the clippers out.
Scald is a bacterial disease and the recent balmy temperatures combined with some moisture have provided the bacteria with perfect conditions to grow. That's why I have seen an increase in it in recent times. It is not a major problem on the farm but I like to keep on top of it.
Treating ewes and lambs for scald can be very time consuming if neglected.
Any ewe or lamb that is lame is not thriving due to the discomfort. I generally use oxytetracycline foot sprays to treat scald. I make sure to clean the hoof before applying any product to it. Cleaning the hoof is important as if this isn't clean the spray cannot reach the scald properly and a dirty hoof is ideal for the scald to continue causing discomfort.