Lame steers advice

Yonnups

Member
Have a bunch of 20 British Blue x steers, 9 months old. Been out at grass about 6 weeks. In last two week I have had about 7 with foul in foot and hence lame. Clears up with a dose of Ultrapen but has taken two shots for a couple. Same fields etc as normal and very occasionally get the odd one but can't work out what is causing it. Have possibly been feeding a bit more supplementary concentrate than usual and grass is longer. Any suggestions or advice please?!
 
Have a bunch of 20 British Blue x steers, 9 months old. Been out at grass about 6 weeks. In last two week I have had about 7 with foul in foot and hence lame. Clears up with a dose of Ultrapen but has taken two shots for a couple. Same fields etc as normal and very occasionally get the odd one but can't work out what is causing it. Have possibly been feeding a bit more supplementary concentrate than usual and grass is longer. Any suggestions or advice please?!
Alamycin LA would be first port of call for me. Then if that doesn’t work try Zactran then Mocotil off vet.
Do they need a trim or investigation into them?
 

JCB_JCR

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
My vet says it's caused by their feet being wet all the time. Usually get a couple in the spring. Got any muddy/stony bits? That will not help - maybe fence off of these and move troughs on fresh ground each feed.
 

Cowmansam

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Shropshire
Are you moving where your feeding otherwise being contagious it only takes for the one have it and them all to be treading thr ground in one spot for it to go through the lot
 

Yonnups

Member
Thanks, never done a footbath for cattle before as we only buy in at 3 months and out at about 24. What product and any advice on the practicalitoes. We would have to get them all in an run through a mobile footbath presumably
 
I would forget the footbath and jab with Penicillin LA and get a small garden sprayer and fill it with a strong mixture of Dettol or similar and use a jet nozzle to spray the infected feet as you feed them.
I have had a couple that have been persistently infected and it has now fixed them.
 

Cowmansam

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Shropshire
I would forget the footbath and jab with Penicillin LA and get a small garden sprayer and fill it with a strong mixture of Dettol or similar and use a jet nozzle to spray the infected feet as you feed them.
I have had a couple that have been persistently infected and it has now fixed them.
Formaldehyde at 5percent for a one off treatment will cure them before they get it bad but once swollen and inflamed needs anti inflammatory and antibiotics
 

Cowmansam

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Shropshire
I would forget the footbath and jab with Penicillin LA and get a small garden sprayer and fill it with a strong mixture of Dettol or similar and use a jet nozzle to spray the infected feet as you feed them.
I have had a couple that have been persistently infected and it has now fixed them.
I’ve used neat iodine in a spray bottle to good effect with milking cows but you obviously don’t want to getting down they close to your average beefer
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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