Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 521

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I am sorry to find that the Merinos are doing so badly at Camden.  Salt is probably deficient in the pasture, and should be given abundantly to the sheep at all seasons.  Foot rot is owing to a want of friction on the hoof, in rich grassy ground, by which the hoof is overgrown, and unless frequently pared down to its normal size it overlaps and presses upon the sole and causes inflammation.  Sheep running on a wet moor, or on sharp sandy, or stoney ground have not footrot.  Water helps to soften the hoof, and on sharp ground helps to wear down the overgrowth. 

Merino sheep have a much


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