A molecular epidemiological approach to combat footrot an epidemic disease of sheep host and pathogen perspectives from India and GB

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Biological Sciences

Abstract

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Description The level of lameness in sheep is high in north India and farmers are unsure of how to treat sheep lame with footrot. Footrot is though to contribute to poor fertility because sheep are in poor body condition. Treatment with antibiotics led to recovery from lameness, even in sheep that had been lame for 2 years.
Collaboration through this partnering award led to an Indian veterinary scientist taking a PhD at Warwick.
Exploitation Route By raising the profile of the research in India there have been collaborations between Srinagar, India, Warwick and Monash, Australia on the pathogen that causes footrot in sheep.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

 
Description Farmers and vets in India are now aware that antibiotic treatment of footrot is successful
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Cited in Farm Animal Welfare Council
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Some evidence that prevalence of lameness in sheep has fallen
 
Description Development of new information on control of footrot and lameness for AHDB Beef & Lamb
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bulletin sent to all 16000 members of sheep Better Returns Programme in England Written by PhD CASE students and Green Impact - Reduction in the number of sheep becoming lame, better health and productivity, economic gain to farmers
URL http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BRP-Focus-on-lameness.pdf
 
Description Lecture to farm animal vet students on management of footrot
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact 70 students attended the talk and heard new information on management of footrot and lameness
 
Description On farm event to 28 farmers of one veterinary practice in worcestershire
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact the 28 farmers had new information on how to manage footrot and lameness in sheep
 
Description Technology exchange event to farmers Feb 2016
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact 67 farmers attended the one day event, 81% stated they would change management of footrot as a result of what they heard
 
Description BBSRC-GCRF
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BBSRC-GCRF-IAA/22 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description AHDB 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We work closely with AHDB Beef & Lamb providing summaries of research that are farmer friendly. Myself and PhD students attend farmer shows and events and talk to farmers. We work with AHDB to prepare knowledge exchange material
Collaborator Contribution AHDB are the CASE partner on a number of PhDs supporting industry relevant research on footrot and mastitis in sheep, giving students experience of an SME and talking to farmers to explain research
Impact http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/BRP-Reducing-lameness-manual-7-080316.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/brp-Decision-tree-for-lameness-270814.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BRP-Focus-on-lameness.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/brp-Lameness080714.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BRP-Udder-health-leaflet-181214.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BRP-plus-Understanding-mastitis-in-sheep-180716.pdf
Start Year 2006
 
Description AHDB 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We work closely with AHDB Beef & Lamb providing summaries of research that are farmer friendly. Myself and PhD students attend farmer shows and events and talk to farmers. We work with AHDB to prepare knowledge exchange material
Collaborator Contribution AHDB are the CASE partner on a number of PhDs supporting industry relevant research on footrot and mastitis in sheep, giving students experience of an SME and talking to farmers to explain research
Impact http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/BRP-Reducing-lameness-manual-7-080316.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/brp-Decision-tree-for-lameness-270814.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BRP-Focus-on-lameness.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/brp-Lameness080714.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BRP-Udder-health-leaflet-181214.pdf http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BRP-plus-Understanding-mastitis-in-sheep-180716.pdf
Start Year 2006
 
Description Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN) 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Laura Green is a co-investigator on the AWRN
Collaborator Contribution on the organising committee for the network. In 2016, organised a speed dating session at the first event In 2017, speaking on grant writing skills at the annual meeting In 2017, organised for neuroscientists to speak at an interdisciplinary workshop between neurobiology and welfare
Impact none
Start Year 2016