Sheep and Goat Lameness Survey

Project team: Jose Perez-Casal 

Collaborators: Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed (Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed Inc.), Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge)

Contagious footrot is a bacterial infection common in sheep and goats that is caused by bacteria that live in the soil. The most commonly associated bacteria with ovine/caprine footrot are Fusobacterium necrophorum and Dichelobacter nodosus.

With the support of The Canadian Goat Society, we conducted a national survey to assess the importance of footrot disease in the sheep and goat livestock industries. We also assessed producer, producer organization, and veterinarian willingness to support research for a Canadian-based footrot bacterin vaccine that would incorporate recent Canadian F. necrophorum and D. nodosus isolates.

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