SHEEP FOOT CARE AND DISEASES

G.L.M. CHAPPELL

In order for sheep to efficiently convert forages to meat and wool, the condition of their feet must not become a limiting factor. The growth of sheep’s feet in temperate climates requires trimming and related care every four to six months.

Foot growth is affected by breed of sheep, soil moisture and soil characteristics. Sheep grazed on rocky, dry soil may not require the extent of foot care needed for sheep on soil that is free of rocks and higher in moisture content.

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