HOW TO: Check for Health Problems of Rams, Ewes and Lambs
Updated: Sep 1, 2021
• Abscesses on the jaw, neck, front of the shoulder, or back leg;
• Often spread during shearing;
• Pus is thick, hard, and cheesy;
• Can develop systemic;
• There is no real treatment;
• Vaccinate ewe and ram lamb replacements.
• Bacterial foot infection;
• Painful, debilitating infection; sheep are frequently seen on their knees;
• Infected hooves are often encased in manure, where the bacteria grows;
• Avoid purchasing any sheep with infected, misshapen feet with a foul odor, or who are lame;
• Treatment is time-consuming, expensive, and backbreaking.
• Sores are most commonly encountered on the lips, muzzle, and inside the mouth;
• Sores occur as blisters that grow into crusty scabs early in the illness;
• Can be transmitted onto ewe teats through sucking;
• No treatment, will heal up on its own.