Consult vet when newborn sheep and goats die

If a common infectious agent is the cause, steps 
can be taken to reduce the risk


Outbreaks of abortions and stillbirths in sheep and goats, and deaths in newborn lambs and kids, can have severe economic impact on a farm’s profitability.

With the help of their veterinarian, producers can identify common infectious causes of abortions, stillbirths and deaths in newborn lambs and kids. This will allow the producer to take preventive steps to avoid health risks in future lambing and kidding seasons.

Several causes of abortions and stillbirths are due to infectious agents that can pose a health risk to the personnel who work with ewes and does during lambing and kidding season.

The Food Safety and Animal Health division of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development with participation of Alberta veterinarians is continuing the project launched in 2013 to identify causes of abortions and stillbirths in does and ewes and mortality in lambs and kids less than 10 days old.

Producers are encouraged to consult with their veterinarian so the cause of abortions and stillbirths in does and ewes and deaths in newborn lambs and kids can be diagnosed.

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