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In Reply to: sore mouth posted by Anna on August 09, 2001 at 12:50:43:
Although I havn't had soremouth at my farm, we've had it in sheep at work and it came from the introduction of a new breeding ram. Although we vaccinate against this, there are different strains depending on what part of the country you're in, and this one ram was from another part of the country and sure as poop... the flock that was with him about 70% got a slight reaction to it.
All our sheep are given the "vaccine" as lambs, during tail docking. It's a live-virus vaccine that is administered by scratching the skin (usually on the abdomen) and then brushing the vaccine into the scratched skin. This can be spred to people so you need to be careful with the vaccine, and sheep/goats that have it that you have contact with.
When is your show?? Most fairs and shows won't even let you off the trailer if you have any indication of soremouth, in the process of healing or scarred. This is for the protection of others, and you. All heath inspectors should be especially cautious of this with the FMD fears still looming as soremouth, or blisters on the mouth can mimic FMD. (don't mean to panic you, as its not the case, but it can be mistaken). If you have soremouth really hitting the herd hard, you may be better off skipping showing until it clears up 100%. Its not worth the aggrivation with health inspectors and the fuss it will raise.
Others may have more advice, and more soremouth and goat experience. Just wanted to share what I knew from dealing with the lovely problem at work.
-Nats little Bit
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