I recently spoke to a 92 year old farmer whose grandfather had successfully
treated cattle with FMD in the mid-19th century. This did not involve any
medicines but a new diet whilst the mouth ulcers were painful. The food was
a form of porridge and he said that all the cattle recovered well and the
milk yield only fell about 7% when the animals were infected. There was no
long-term adverse impact on the condition of the cattle.
Ken Prichard Jones
One of our oldest members wrote to me telling how FMD was treated in his
fathers day. Apparently a local farmer bought up all the infected stock and
placed them in a field know locally as the hospital field. He placed
Stockholm tar between their hooves and a handful of salt in their mouths and
left them in the field until they were taken indoors for the winter by which
time they were cured. he says they only lost 1 in 100 this way.
This is very interesting Roger. The well documented treatment of the Duke
of Westminster's cattle was done in the same manner. Salt water syringing of
their lesions, scrupulous cleanliness, a man to keep the straw clean all the
time, and Stockholm tar once the lesions had burst. They all survived and
went on to keep their milk yields as high as ever, two won prizes at the
Royal Show the following year.
Local person had flock slaughtered, contigous premise, and on examination they
discovered lesions so old that it was concluded that the animals had foot and mouth, and
recovered. She said we didn't even have a lame one.