Lameness in Livestock Following Floods

The North Coast Local Land Services District Vet team is observing high rates of lameness in flood impacted livestock across the North Coast.

Dr Jocelyn Todd, District Veterinarian said, “Lameness is a major issue in all classes of livestock across the North Coast currently, due to widespread ongoing wet and muddy conditions.

“Prolonged moisture exposure softens the hooves and the skin of the lower leg, making bruising and penetration injuries more prevalent in hooves, as well as making the skin and hoof tissue less resistant to infections.”

Higher bacterial loads present in wet muddy conditions and larger stones that are exposed when topsoil is washed from laneways and yards can contribute to the increased incidence of lameness seen during extended periods of wet conditions.

Minimising distances walked as much as possible, repairing track and yard surfaces, the use of footbaths and ensuring that feed rations have adequate fiber content can decrease the risk for feet issues. Veterinary advice is recommended for all severe cases of lameness and treatment in consultation with your private veterinarian may be warranted.

If you have any immediate concerns regarding your animal’s health or would like more information regarding livestock diseases following the floods, please contact either your private veterinarian or the North Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarian team on 1300 795 299.

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