By Joan Lloyd, www.joanlloydconsulting.com
With lambing well underway or about to start across large parts of Australia it is timely to think about the health challenges faced by young sheep. One such challenge is arthritis or bacterial joint infections.
Arthritis in lambs is common and costly. Our research indicates that approximately 50% of Australian sheep farms experience arthritis in their lambs and that the growth setback from arthritis is approximately 2.7 kg (1, 2).
Joan recently sat down with Sheep Connect NSW to discuss the economic cost of arthritis in Australian lambs, as well as two of the more common presentations – arthritis in neonatal lambs and arthritis after lamb marking – and how to manage and prevent the disease.