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Claw care for sheep and lambs

Hoof care is a crucial aspect of keeping healthy sheep and lambs. Healthy hooves are essential for the mobility, well-being and overall health of these animals. In this guide we discuss the most important aspects of hoof care, why it is important and how to carry it out effectively.

Why is hoof care important?

Claw care is vital for several reasons:

1. Prevention of hoof problems: Regular care helps to prevent conditions such as foot rot, claw rot and overgrown hooves. These conditions can cause severe pain and discomfort, leading to reduced food intake and productivity.

2. Improved mobility: Healthy hooves allow sheep and lambs to move freely. This is essential for their natural behavior including grazing and socializing.

3. Overall health: By preventing claw problems, you contribute to the overall health and well-being of your herd. Healthy animals are more productive and require less medical care.

Steps for effective claw care

1. Regular inspection: Check the hooves of your sheep and lambs regularly. Watch for signs of overgrowth, cracks or infections. Early detection of problems can prevent serious complications.

2. Hoof trimming: Overgrown hooves should be trimmed regularly. This can be done manually using special tools such as hoof shears.

3. Hygienic conditions: Provide a clean and dry environment for your sheep. Damp and dirty conditions can lead to infections such as claw rot. Sprinkle fresh straw regularly and avoid muddy meadows.

4. Nutrition: A balanced diet contributes to the health of the hooves. Make sure your sheep get enough minerals and vitamins, especially biotin and zinc, which are essential for hoof health.

Conclusion

Hoof care is an indispensable part of sheep and lamb management. By regularly inspecting and caring for hooves, you can prevent common problems and contribute to the well-being and productivity of your animals. With the right knowledge, tools and products you can ensure that your animals stay healthy.

Keep your sheep and lambs healthy with regular hoof care. A small effort that yields big benefits!