Ovine Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that affects all breeds of sheep and results in infertility in rams.
Infected rams become sub-fertile or sterile and the effect on flock fertility depends on the percentage of rams with the disease. Sometimes brucellosis can go undetected in a flock, particularly if there are other underlying fertility issues. Economic losses occur through reduced lambing percentages, extended lambing periods and the culling of rams to eradicate the disease.
See below three technical articles on Ovine Brucellosis sourced from the Kondinin Group, NSW DPI and Sheep Connect SA.
For those who have not visited the Sheep Connect SA website the link is below and it has numerous technical articles on sheep health and management. The Sheep Connect SA project aims to support the development of the SA Sheep Industry by connecting people in the business of sheep through:
- providing timely, technical information to assist in on-farm management decisions
- group support for learning activities to address issues that impact on your sheep business
- linking groups to the experts, researchers and funders
- collaborating with other industry programs and service providers
Sheep Connect SA is a partnership between Australian Wool Innovation Limited and the SA Sheep Industry Fund.