Case report: failure of passive transfer and neonatal infections in a cohort of lambs

Hamer, K., Busin, V. and Sargison, N. (2020) Case report: failure of passive transfer and neonatal infections in a cohort of lambs. Livestock, 25(2), pp. 86-91. (doi: 10.12968/live.2020.25.2.86)

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Abstract

This case report details an outbreak of neonatal lamb deaths, in which 84 of the 1203 potential lambs (from scanning) died and 70 developed septic polyarthritis. Investigation of the Scottish lowland flock of 650 breeding ewes revealed good lambing-time hygiene; poor ewe nutrition was suspected to have led to poor colostrum quality or quantity, resulting in failure of passive transfer of immunity in lambs. Ewe body condition at lambing was poor, with low blood urea nitrogen and albumin levels in pre-lambing ewe metabolic blood profiles.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hamer, Miss Kim and Busin, Valentina
Authors: Hamer, K., Busin, V., and Sargison, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Livestock
Publisher:Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN:2053-0862
ISSN (Online):2044-3870
Published Online:17 March 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 MA Healthcare Ltd
First Published:First published in Livestock 25(2):86-91
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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