Bertie is finally up and about on his own! I’ve only had to help him up once in the last few days, the rest of the time he’s been able to get up on his own. He makes a bit of a meal of it, but he gets up and I think it’s getting easier for him. I even saw him out in the field yesterday, for the first time in weeks. He’s also making sure he gets his food in, and not letting the others push him off, which is another excellent sign of progress.
This morning we thought we’d take the opportunity to treat all the goats for footrot/scald, as Boris and Moby have been limping again, and Howard looked like he was slightly favouring one of his hooves. We prepared the footbath of hoof phast, and then did all four hooves of each of: Bertie, Boris, Howard and Moby. Ishy was out and about in the field, and doesn’t seem to have any rot issues at the moment, so she missed out on the bathing. They don’t like it a huge amount, but with me holding them, and Alex keeping the hoof in the foot bath to went fairly smoothly. We also injected Boris, Moby and Howard with anti-biotic to hopefully completely kill off the footrot bacteria.
Everything seems fairly happy at the moment, with the exception of the cows. They’re definitely hungry, both mooing rather aggressively whenever they see us, but until they’ve lost some of the extra weight they’re carrying we’re going to be keeping them on short rations.