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Clovenextra Foot Bath is a liquid preparation with powerful organic acids, zinc, copper and surface-active agents to penetrate and maintain hoof condition in cattle and sheep.


10ltr Footbath

600ml trigger spray


Product Information

  • Clovenextra supports overall hoof health in cattle and sheep by maintaining good hoof conditions and reducing the risk of lameness. In addition, regular use helps address common claw diseases such as digital dermatitis (Mortellaro) and interdigital dermatitis, ensuring healthy and productive livestock. 
  • Designed for ease of use, Clovenextra is an antibiotic-free hoof care solution that can be added to every hoof bath. Its potent antimicrobial properties make it a cost-effective option for farmers looking to care for their livestock without relying on antibiotics. 
  • The astringent, softening, and protective properties of Clovenextra not only reduce infection but also soothe wounds, strengthen the hoof and help reduce underlying issues. This comprehensive approach to hoof care supports optimal healing and recovery for cattle and sheep. 
  • Clovenextra’s zinc-enriched formula promotes skin re-epithelialisation and reduces inflammation, further supporting overall hoof health and resilience. In addition, citric acid creates a low-pH environment, inhibiting the growth of pathogens and offering additional protection for livestock. 
  • Combining traditional foot care ingredients like formalin and copper with modern hoof health advances, Clovenextra delivers a potent blend that ensures the best possible care for cattle and sheep, reducing the risk of lameness and promoting overall well-being. 
  • Clovenextra provides comprehensive care for cattle and sheep, addressing many hoof issues to maintain your animals’ health, productivity, and welfare. Invest in Clovenextra and experience its difference in your livestock’s lives. 

Technical Information

Lameness: A Major Challenge in Farming

Lameness in farming is a significant issue, impacting animal welfare, productivity, and economic returns. Often considered a “gateway disease,” it leads to other economically essential health problems (Kaler & Green, 2008; Tadich et al., 2010). Lameness affects over 90% of herds, with a within-herd incidence of 10% to 25% (Tadich et al., 2010). The flock incidence is even higher in sheep, particularly in small upland flocks (Kaler & Green, 2008). 

The rise in dairy cows living in confinement and moist environments has increased lameness cases (Holzhauer et al., 2006), with continuous exposure to moisture and water causing devitalisation of the epidermis (Bicalho et al., 2009). This number rise has facilitated bacterial entry and increases the risk of traumatic damage and abrasion. Lack of regular and routine preventive foot bathing also contributes to lameness prevalence (Bicalho et al., 2009). Many severe lameness problems are associated with microorganisms, such as Digital Dermatitis (DD), caused by infectious agents like spirochaetes or treponema (Holzhauer et al., 2006), which affect nearly all cattle farms. 

DD, also known as Mortellaro’s disease or Italian Footrot, is characterised by a wound on the hoof claw skin and accounts for up to 89% of all lameness cases in dairy cattle (Holzhauer et al., 2006). The condition is red, strawberry-like, painful, and has a strong odour (Berry et al., 2012). Another cause of lameness in cattle is Foul in the Foot, caused by the invasion of Fusobacterium necrophorum bacteria into damaged skin between the claws (Müller et al., 2015). Swelling is often prominent, and a distinct odour accompanies the condition. 

In sheep, lameness is primarily caused by bacterial infections such as Scald (interdigital dermatitis) and foot rot linked to the bacteria Dichelobacter nodosus (Hanrahan et al., 2000; Beveridge, 1941). Contagious Ovine Digital Dermatitis (CODD) is another cause of lameness in sheep, associated with Treponeme bacteria that enter flocks through infected animals (Kaler et al., 2010). Lameness in sheep often leads to a dramatic loss of condition, pain, immobility, trace element deficiency, and significant weight loss (Hanrahan et al., 2000). 

Controlling foot problems involves preventive measures and prompt treatment. Regular foot bathing and routine hoof care, and claw trimming are crucial. If lameness symptoms appear, it often indicates the need for a more effective foot bathing program (Bicalho et al., 2009).  


Other essential measures include: 

  • Perform routine hoof trimming at least once a year, preferably during the drying-off period. 
  • Conduct regular foot bathing sessions to help control infectious diseases. 
  • Seeking prompt treatment for clinically lame animals to prevent further complications. 
  • Ensuring a clean, dry, and comfortable environment for the animals, walking and resting. 
  • Incorporating footbaths into daily routines, ideally at every milking or at least twice weekly. 

For cattle, placing footbaths at the far end of the lane from the milking parlour allows animals to pass through regularly, maximising preventive benefits (Bicalho et al., 2009). In addition, a proactive approach to hoof care can significantly reduce lameness and foot problems in livestock, ultimately improving their overall health and productivity.

Additional Information


  • Berry, S. L., Read, D. H., Famula, T. R., Mongini, A., & Döpfer, D. (2012). Long-term observations on the dynamics of bovine digital dermatitis lesions on a California dairy after topical treatment with lincomycin HCl. Veterinary Journal, 193(3), 654-658. 
  • Beveridge, W. I. B. (1941). Footrot in sheep: A transmissible disease due to infection with Fusiformis nodosus (n.sp.). Studies on its cause, epidemiology and control. Journal of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, 14(2), 91-113. 
  • Bicalho, R. C., Machado, V. S., & Caixeta, L. S. (2009). Lameness in dairy cattle: A debilitating disease or a disease of debilitated cattle? A cross-sectional study of lameness prevalence and thickness of the digital cushion. Journal of Dairy Science, 92(7), 3175-3184. 
  • Griffiths, B. E., Downham, D. Y., & Livesey, C. T. (2006). A study of lameness in dairy heifers, focusing on the relationship between lameness and first lactation production. Cattle Practice, 14(2), 135-139. 
  • Hanrahan, J. P., O’Grady, L., & Quirke, J. F. (2000). The relationship between footrot score and productivity in sheep. Irish Veterinary Journal, 53(9), 474-476. Retrieved from 
  • Holzhauer, M., Hardenberg, C., Bartels, C. J., & Frankena, K. (2006). Herd- and cow-level prevalence of digital dermatitis in the Netherlands and associated risk factors. Journal of Dairy Science, 89(2), 580-588. 
  • Holzhauer, M., Hardenberg, C., Bartels, C. J., & Frankena, K. (2006). Herd- and cow-level prevalence of digital dermatitis in the Netherlands and associated risk factors. Journal of Dairy Science, 89(2), 580-588. 
  • Huxley, J. N. (2013). Impact of lameness and claw lesions in cows on health and production. Livestock Science, 156(1-3), 64-70. 
  • Kaler, J., & Green, L. E. (2008). Recognition of lameness and decisions to catch for inspection among sheep farmers and specialists in GB. BMC Veterinary Research, 4, 41. 
  • Kaler, J., Medley, G. F., Grogono-Thomas, R., Wellington, E. M. H., Calvo-Bado, L. A., Wassink, G. J., & Green, L. E. (2010). Factors associated with changes of foot conformation and lameness in a flock of sheep. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 97(3-4), 237-244. 
  • Müller, C., Strobel, H., & Fink-Gremmels, J. (2015). Fusobacterium necrophorum: A ruminal bacterium emerging as a serious livestock threat. In Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. 
  • Tadich, N., Flor, E., & Green, L. E. (2010). Associations between hoof lesions and locomotion score in 1098 unsound dairy cows. The Veterinary Journal, 184(1), 60-65. 
  • Whay, H. R., Shearer, J. K., & Reynolds, C. K. (2012). Lameness in cattle: an ongoing concern. The Veterinary Journal, 193(6), 610-611. 

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