A new, three-part foot health system to help protect sheep against lameness has been launched by G Shepherd Animal Health (GSAH).
- the “Baa Mat”
- a footbath chemical
- a specially-formulated mineral block
The fact ewes or lambs frequently stand on the soaked mat is the key to the system’s success. GSAH’s footbath solution is based on organic acids and has added tea tree oil and zinc, while the mineral lick bucket used to encourage animals onto the mat contains chelated zinc and biotin to strengthen the bond between the hoof wall and the underlying tissues.
Mr Shepherd explained: “Concentrate feeds reduce the production of biotin by the rumen, so daily supplementation will help to maximise performance. The blocks are low in magnesium and have added salt, to encourage drinking and reduce the risk of urinary stones.”
- For more information on GSAH product ranges, visit www.gshepherd.co.uk