Story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Footrot in sheep

Footrot in sheep

Footrot is a widespread problem on sheep farms and is estimated to cost the country $100 million per year in lost production. Apart from direct remedial treatment, one of the main ways to reduce the problem is by breeding sheep that are resistant to the condition. A blood test can tell if a sheep has natural resistance to the disease.

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Reference: Paul Martin, Lifestyle farming in New Zealand. Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing, 2006, p. 104
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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Sheep footrot and poisonous plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008