According to the main advisory and research organisations in the UK and Ireland, foot bathing is the most effective way of treating scald and footrot on a flock basis. But is only successful if all the sheep’s feet remain in the foot bath chemical for the recommended length of time
The following regime is advised:
Sheep should stand on a hard surface prior to foot bathing to help remove as much dirt as possible.
Sheep should then be run through a water bath prior to foot bathing to clean the feet prior to treatment.
Make up the foot bath as required, allowing the sheep to stand in the solution for the period specified by the manufacturer of the active chemical.
After foot bathing allow sheep to stand on a dry, clean surface for up to an hour.
Turn out onto a fresh dry pasture, so that the foot bath chemical is not immediately washed off the feet by wet herbage. The pasture should have had no sheep for the previous 2 weeks.
Dispose of the contents of the foot bath carefully, well away from a watercourse to avoid pollution, and meeting all current regulations relating to dip disposal.
As a routine, on all lowland farms, aim to foot bath five times per year. If footrot is a serious problem much more regular foot bathing will be essential. Many farms find it necessary to foot bath once a week during an outbreak or a prolonged period of housing.