I recently noticed one of my lambs was acting a little strange, after a quick inspection I found the poor fulla has a case of fly strike. He is all better now, here is a short blog on the nasty condition.
What is fly strike?
It’s a horrible condition that occurs when blowflies lay their eggs in the wool, when hatched the larvae or maggots eat the skin causing a nasty wound in the animal.
Fly strike can occur in many animals but is most prevalent in sheep. It usually occurs in summertime time when the temperature warms up and blowflies are around, dirty wool around the back end is the most common place to be fly struck.
What to look for
Struck animals may show signs of irritation if the is affected, this could include restlessness, scratching, stamping their feet, seeking shade or biting the affected area. They may have wool hanging or falling off around the rear end or belly.
Treatment involves removing the maggots and treating the affected area with a flystrike powder this is available from your vet or rural supply store. Be sure to check the withholding time on the product for meat and wool.
A few additional tips:
Tips for prevention
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.