An independent study on the effectiveness of footbath solutions for sheep with feet problems showed improvements after one pass through a footbath containing Hoofsure Endurance 2%*
Gavin Blair and his family run a 400 ewe flock and 80 suckler and beef herd near Moneymore. The flock consists of mule ewes put to Suffolk and Texel rams. Lambing takes place from February to April.
When ewes and lambs are on the ground from spring to summer the number of sheep per acre becomes very high. With grass now growing quickly there is a much higher risk of scald and this can also lead to foot rot. Lameness control starts when sheep go into the house, where they are all run through the footbath and any individual treatments needed are done. This is repeated after lambing and at all other handling times – on average they are footbathed every 2 to 4 weeks during spring and summer.
“I started using Hoofsure Endurance at 2% for routine footbaths and 4% if there’s a problem. At the start I thought the drum was very expensive but when I worked out how much it would do it wasn’t much difference cost wise, it’s only a £1 per head per year.”
James and William Kenning run a 100 ewe flock, comprising of Texel lambs and Suffolks, near Desertmartin. For them the main occurrence of footrot happens during the summer and they confirm that controlling the problem is a high priority for them.
‘We footbath our flock every three weeks, throughout the summer. We use Hoofsure Endurance at 2% and have done so the past two years. For us it is important to stop the spread of footrot and to tackle it before the problem spreads. Using Hoofsure Endurance has worked well for us; it controls the levels of lameness in our flock. We had used other products before Hoofsure Endurance, but there were always negatives to these products.’
Hoofsure Endurance footbath solution is a propriety blend of organics acids, essential oils and wetting agents.
Hoofsure Konquest Hoof Gel is highly concentrated with potent penetrating action. It also has advanced bio-adhesion properties and can be used with or without a hoof bandage.
Hoofsure Combat Hoof Spray is a unique film-forming spray providing persistent longer lasting activity.
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