Feet - always a contentious issue both for sheep, cattle and humans - in fact for all mammals I suspect. If your feet hurt then you are not a happy bunny. It is awful to see sheep limping in the fields - and a sure sign their feet are bad is if they are eating on their knees.
There is nothing worse than sodden grass for encouraging wet feet and foot problems in sheep and the only way to keep on top of them is to inspect them regularly. Today was the day.
I went out to greet the men when they arrived, bearing New Year gifts of various titbits in a dish and hot coffee heavily laced with whisky to keep out the cold. It is a miserable day here. Then it was on with the tasks.
First a drench for liver fluke, next a drench for worms and finally a foot inspection. I took photographs of drenching and then a close up of an infected foot - not a pretty sight I'm afraid - which was cleaned well and then sprayed with antibiotics. Hopefully in a day or two the sheep will feel a lot better.
Task done then men went off home and the farmer cleaned up the hoof parings. Disgusting as it may seem, if he doesn't carefully clean them all up then Tess and the farm dog have a competition to see who can eat the most before the farmer notices what they are doing!
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