Cost-benefit analysis of management practices for ewes lame with footrot

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The aim of this study was to investigate the cost-benefit of different strategies to treat and control ovine footrot. In November 2006, 162 sheep farmers in England responded to a survey on prevalence and management of lameness. The costs of lameness per ewe per year (PEPY) were calculated for 116 flocks. Linear regression was used to model the overall cost of lameness PEPY by management method. Associations between farmer satisfaction and time and money spent managing lameness were investigated. The median prevalence of lameness was 5% (inter-quartile range, IQR, 4-10%). The overall cost of lameness PEPY in flocks with ?10% lameness was UK£6.35 versus £3.90 for flocks with


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalThe Veterinary Journal
Early online date21 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


  • Sheep, Footrot, Lameness, Financial costs, Management practices