Methods for control of lamb epididymitis in large purebred flocks

Marie S. Bulgin From the Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Idaho, 1020 E Homedale Rd, Caldwell, ID 83605 (Bulgin, Anderson), and Department of Physiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (Bruss).

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Michael L. Bruss From the Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Idaho, 1020 E Homedale Rd, Caldwell, ID 83605 (Bulgin, Anderson), and Department of Physiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (Bruss).

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Bruce C. Anderson From the Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Idaho, 1020 E Homedale Rd, Caldwell, ID 83605 (Bulgin, Anderson), and Department of Physiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (Bruss).

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Summary

An autogenous, multivalent, adjuvanted bacterin for epididymitis was tested in flocks of 700 to 800 Suffolk X white-faced lambs. Long-term feeding of low dosages of antibiotics also was tested in the Suffolk flock. Both methods appeared to reduce the incidence of the disease. The incidence of clinical epididymitis and the number of positive culture results from clinically affected rams were significantly reduced.

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An autogenous, multivalent, adjuvanted bacterin for epididymitis was tested in flocks of 700 to 800 Suffolk X white-faced lambs. Long-term feeding of low dosages of antibiotics also was tested in the Suffolk flock. Both methods appeared to reduce the incidence of the disease. The incidence of clinical epididymitis and the number of positive culture results from clinically affected rams were significantly reduced.

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