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Foot Rot

Foot rot is manageable and preventable. Prevention is the most important key to your farm operation.
Inspect the feet of any goats who are limping. Clean off manure and trim feet for a closer inspection.

Inspect the feet of any goats who are limping. Clean off manure and trim feet for a closer inspection.

This is a problem that we are seeing across Pennsylvania and the nation. This problem is one of the most expensive and time-consuming chores associated with goat production.

Routine foot trimming should occur throughout the year. Check the feet on your animals on a regular basis and keep feet trimmed to prevent any injuries to the hoof that could contribute to the development of foot rot.

Foot rot, in general, is characterized by lameness and a separation of horny portions of the hoof from the sensitive tissues underneath.

The primary causative organism is a bacterial agent, Dichelobacter nodosus.

The route of transmission from one goat to another is fairly simple. The organism travels from the infected goat to the soil and then to the non-infected goat.

Management practices that help reduce hoof damage will help reduce the incidence of foot rot. Keep the hooves of the goats trimmed to reduce stress on the soft tissue of the foot.

There are several different methods used to treat goats for foot rot. Typically, you need to use several methods to control foot rot.