Friday, May 25, 2012

Participating flocks needed

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension received a multi-year grant from Northeast SARE in 2010 for an applied research project to Eliminate the Effects of Footrot in Sheep Flocks in the Northeast. So far, we  have gathered data from over 750 sheep from eleven farms in the region. The protocol developed for the research project to eliminate footrot has proven to be immediately applicable to participating farms.

In 2012, the research project will focus on specific sheep breeds (Katahdin, Merino, and Rambouillet) to help us determine a possible genetic connection. We are seeking sheep producers within the 12-state region (ME, NH, VT, CT, MA. RI, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD and WV) with flocks of Katahdin, Merino, and/or Rambouillet sheep with a history of footrot and lameness. We seek farms that have sheep within the flock that include individual sheep with footrot and individual sheep that are not affected by footrot.

Dr. Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine

Participating farms agree to follow a 28-day protocol under the direction of the research team to eliminate the disease from the farm. The research team makes at least two visits to each farm to trim and score the feet of each sheep, collect data, and teach the shepherd how to trim and score feet. Supplies and tools are provided to each participating farm. All information is confidential. For more information about the research project and the protocol see the project website

If you are interested in participating in this applied research project this spring, summer or fall, please submit an application as soon as possible. The application might take 5 minutes to complete. The application can be found at this link

Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.

Richard Brzozowski
Principle Investigator
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
(207) 781-6099

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