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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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