Footrot ute guide

Footrot: A guide to identification and control in the field

Footrot is a serious and highly-contagious disease of sheep and goats spread by the Dichelobacter nodosus bacterium.

Virulent footrot has significant welfare and economic impacts in both individual sheep enterprises and the national flock as a whole. While the number of flocks with virulent (severe) strains of footrot has been reduced considerably during the past 20 years, footrot remains a serious disease.

This publication has been developed as part of a collaborative project between the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Tasmania and Sheep Connect Tasmania, with funding from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). The purpose of this publication is to encourage best-practice footrot diagnosis, control and eradication, with the objective of building a sustainable Australian wool industry through improvements in productivity and profitability.

Better diagnosis and control of footrot should result in:

  • healthier, more productive sheep
  • easier trading between flocks
  • lower treatment and labour costs
  • increased confidence in state-based control programs.

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