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Farm Animal Practice
Vaccination of sheep - an update
  1. Chris Lewis

    Chris Lewis is a private veterinary sheep adviser. A past-president and secretary of the Sheep Veterinary Society, he owns and runs a small flock of 40 breeding ewes producing quality lamb. He holds the RCVS diploma in sheep health and production.


VETERINARY Investigation Disease Analysis (VIDA) statistics reveal that, over the past 10 years or so, the most commonly diagnosed causes of death in sheep, in descending order, have been enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE), toxoplasmosis, pasteurellosis (Pasteurella haemolytica and Pasteurella trehalosi) and the clostridial diseases, predominantly pulpy kidney disease (Clostridium perfringens type D) and lamb dysentery (Cperfringens type B). All of these diseases can be controlled or prevented by vaccination.

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