Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Bob Mitchell


Sheep, Goats, Bacteroides nodosus, Footrot, Disease control, Control programmes, Western Australia

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Western Australia is well placed to eradicate virulent footrot from the State's sheep and goat populations.

Between 1950 and 1993 the proportion of sheep flocks with footrot fell from about 15 per cent to less than 2 percent, and the 1990-92 outbreak has been turned around. One hundred and eighty properties (]. 7 per cent) of flocks, mostly in the high rainfall South-West, are in quarantine for footrot today.

This high level of footrot control is the result of strong support from the sheep industry and years of good cooperation between farmers and the Department of Agriculture.

Western Australia leads in the control of virulent footrot and has enabled most sheep and goats to remain free of this painful and important disease.