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Foot Rot- An Emerging Issue in Sheep Husbandry

Asif Iqbal, A.K.Tripathi, P.U.Peer, V.S.Wazir.

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Foot rot is a highly contagious and economically important disease of the feet of ruminants especially sheep and goats and is characterized by the separation of keratinous hoof from the underlying epidermal tissue resulting in severe lameness, loss of body condition and reduced wool production. Although foot rot infection has been reported in cattle, horses, pigs, deer and mouflon, the infection is specific to sheep and goats. The main predisposing factors to foot rot infection include muddy pastures, frequent rains and injury to feet. Other factors include lowland farms, high stocking densities, winter housing, routine foot trimming, and inadequate treatment and failure to isolate the affected sheep. Outbreak of diseases affects the sheep population in a huge way. Among the diseases, this may be bacterial, viral or parasitic origin in J&K. The foot rot is the emerging disease which affects the sheep population in a big way.

Key words: Foot rot, Etiology, clinical forms, Treatment and Vaccination

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