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Farm Animal Practice
Problems of the postparturient ewe
  1. Paul Roger

    Paul Roger has a particular interest in sheep and their welfare and, after 25 years in general practice, established a referral practice and consultancy service in farm animal health and production, based in Reeth, North Yorkshire. He is a past-president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and holds the RCVS diploma in sheep health and production and the RCVS certificate in animal welfare science, ethics and law.


THE run up to lambing time is always fraught as ewes try to balance and partition nutrients and maintain the condition and growth of their lambs in utero, while developing mammary condition and starting to produce colostrum. But this period is only the start of the ewes' problems. The majority of ewe losses occur at this time, with an average annual loss of 5 per cent rising to 10 per cent in some situations, which can seriously affect farmers economically. This article discusses the problems experienced by ewes from parturition onwards, giving details of some specific diseases, and suggests treatments and possible measures to prevent losses.

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