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Footpad lesions

Footpad lesions

Footpad lesions are painful inflammations of the skin and the sole and lead to the fact that broilers walk less, eat less and stay behind in growth, so it takes longer for the slaughter weight is reached. Additionally, footpad lesions have a negative impact on the welfare of broilers. Checks on the presence of footpad lesions may result in a compulsory lower occupation.

Cause of footpad lesions

The cause of footpad lesions is wet and sticky litter/bedding, due to poor digestion. Footpad lesions occur in the first days. The callus layer of the sole turns soft due to prolonged moisture, bacteria penetrate the inner sole and through poor and slow healing of the inflammation, there is a continuous contamination of bacteria from the litter/bedding. This vicious circle must be broken.

Characteristics footpad lesions

Footpad lesions can be classified as follows:

Footpad lesions

Consequences footpad lesions

  • Reduced food absorption
  • Stunted growth
  • Deteriorated animal welfare

Prevention of footpad lesions

It is important to break the vicious circle.

  • A germ-free environment is obtained by a proper cleaning (MS Topfoam LC ALK) and disinfection (MS Megades Novo and MS Kiemkill) of the shed. It is important to dry the shed well (MS DryCare), before taking it back into service.
  • The coating of the floor prevents nesting of micro-organisms in the floor. In addition, the floor can be cleaned better and the temperature is maintained during cleaning.
  • In order to increase the resistance of the broilers and to ward off undesirable bacteria, MS Vitaminestoot can be used.
  • Clean drinking water can be obtained using MS Oxy-Clean or Di-O- Clean. For a better digestion MS Feed Gold Premium can be used.

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