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Sheep health
Ram health and welfare
  1. Emily Gascoigne1,
  2. Fiona Lovatt2,
  3. Phillipa Page3 and
  4. Peers Davies4
  1. Synergy Farm Health, West Hill Barns, Evershot, Dorset DT2 0LD
  2. Flock Health, Egglesburn Farm, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Country Durham DL12 0BD
  3. Flock Health, Grange Farm, Tewkesbury Rd, Coombe Hill, Gloucestershire GL19 4BH
  4. Pro-Ovine, Nutell Estate, Lympstone, Devon EX8 5AN
  1. e-mail: emily.gascoigne{at}

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Neil Williamson

As committed sheep vets, we are delighted to see Vet Record devote space to a recent study on rams and their welfare in commercial flocks (VR, 2 December 2017, vol 181, pp 583–584). With rams accounting for 50 per cent of the fertility of flocks, their performance and longevity are clear determinants of cost of production and the efficiency of commercial flocks.

In particular, we would like to comment on the poor uptake of clostridial and Pasteurella vaccine as a threat to ram longevity. These vaccinations were described as prohibitively expensive for flocks when vaccinating individual rams at purchase. The authors of the reported study suggested that veterinary …

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