THE current financial crisis in the farming industry undoubtedly means that fewer sheep suffering from dystocia will be presented for caesarean section, with the risk of compromising the welfare of lambing ewes. Many ewes which ideally require caesarean section are likely to be euthanased rather than presented for surgery. This article discusses the evaluation of the ewe and her unborn lamb(s) with a view to determining the prognosis and the economic aspects of the case. It also describes two alternative techniques by which the operation may be carried out in practice in a humane, and economical, manner.
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