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Prevention

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.

The use of a footbath is also recommended. Be sure to examine the hooves of any animal that you are going to purchase and keep them quarantined for several weeks after they arrive at your farm.

Maintain good drainage around water troughs and feed bunks. During the winter months keep the feed areas smooth. These areas can be smoothed to reduce the injury to the foot. Another method that helps to prevent foot rot is to feed zinc sulfate or zinc oxide in the mineral mix. It is also helpful in treating foot rot. Contact your feed mill or your local extension agent for help in developing a mineral mix.