Best solution for stand in footbath?

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
This year is the worst I can remember strip leading to foot issues in lambs.

I’ve been running them through formalin and spraying with Terramycin but still not cleaning things up fully.

They moved onto fresh ground couple weeks ago on forage rape and I hoped that would help but still got too many limping.

Thinking about a stand in foot bath for them so wondered what solution is best.

Golden hoof/ Klingon Blue??

Other options?

Note it is a metal bath do copper sulphate is out.
 

Boydvalley

Member
Location
Bath
Double single file footbath with formalin here. First one with a weaker solution to clean the foot. They walk through slower with two and feet are submerged much longer. Drying off on concrete or sheet important. Nothing else works as well. Time consuming PIA.
 

Boydvalley

Member
Location
Bath
Also I’ve gone back to using my old Bateman metal footbath with the corrugated bottom that opens the foot up. Used as the second bath they don’t slip and slide so much.
 

unlacedgecko

Member
Livestock Farmer
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Started using this so far. Much easier on the operator than formalin.
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
I have the same one have it set up so when the sheep are in the pen they walk or stand in it most times

ill set it up tomorrow where my mobile system is to do lambs.

Think I need to cart about 200l of water up there to make it about 7cm deep.
 

andybk

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Mendips Somerset
Not sure about newer products , but the zinc based ones dont " go off" so can keep reusing same solution many times, its also cheap and make a bit stronger than needed , bit of detergent helps penetration of hoof (often use those washing machine tablets as they easier to keep in truck )
The biggest issue with footbaths though is sealed in infection , where chem kills what it touches and hardens the hoof but often a little bit gets sealed in that cause great pain and needs releasing few days later
 

Sheepy Shambles

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cornwall
We are using a product called T K double D from G. Shepherd animal health, im fairly pleased with results, needs doing a couple times in our walk through bath and standing in yard to dry before you see any improvement but with a stand in bath should work better. They also do a gel for spot treatment that works well we find.
 

getawayforward

New Member
I was talking to a man recently who lines his sheep race with white rhino lime mixed with water before bringing flock in for dosing, etc. Says it helps to prevent foot issues? Has anyone experience with this?
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
I talked to them about 3 years ago on a stand. Would not say what say what ingredient it was based on and came to the conclusion it was just a fancy detergent by what they were saying. Maybe I was wrong. Do they put ingredients on the can.

I had a cold call from them some time ago. It was a very 'salesy' salesman, which immediately makes me suspicious. I asked him to email me the details of the product as I wasn't going to buy any on the back of such a phone call and the email still hasn't arrived.

I started a thread on here at the time, as he'd claimed they had 5000 sheep farmers using it, so surely someone on here must be? @unlacedgecko must be the one. (y)
 

Boydvalley

Member
Location
Bath
I had a cold call from them some time ago. It was a very 'salesy' salesman, which immediately makes me suspicious. I asked him to email me the details of the product as I wasn't going to buy any on the back of such a phone call and the email still hasn't arrived.

I started a thread on here at the time, as he'd claimed they had 5000 sheep farmers using it, so surely someone on here must be? @unlacedgecko must be the one. (y)
Perhaps it was 5000 sheep. How many have you got @unlacedgecko
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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