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Hoof health

Hoof health is an very important aspect of sheep and goat management. Sheep and goats with hoof problems will usually fail to perform to their genetic potential. Lameness can also be a welfare issue. The two most common diseases affecting the hooves of sheep and goats are footrot and foot scald. These diseases are most prevalent in moist climates and during wet times of the year. On this page, relevant links are arranged according to subject matter: footrot and scald, general information, genetic resistance, hoof care, hoof trimming, lameness, other hoof diseases, and treatment, control, and eradication (of footrot).

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All of the links on this page were last verified 21-Dec-2012. Please report broken links to Susan Schoenian at

Hoof trimming video (Dr. Richard Brzozowski)
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