Implementing The 5 Point Plan To Tackle Sheep Lameness
Lameness is a major animal welfare and economic challenge across the sheep sector, costing the UK industry alone an estimated £24 million a year. The most common cause of lameness in UK sheep flocks are footrot and scald, two infectious bacterial diseases. With an estimated 3 million sheep being lame at any one time FAI developed the Five Point Plan to help the industry meet the challenge of reducing lameness.
The Five Point Plan was developed by drawing together existing science on sheep lameness and practical experience from farmers who had achieved and sustained low levels of lameness. It consists of five action points that support the animal in three different ways: building resilience, reducing disease challenge and establishing immunity (Figure 1, Table 1).