Monday, July 26, 2010

Mastitis survey

Optimal Ag and Optimal Ag Services is conducting a survey to determine the magnitude of loss to the sheep industry attributed to mastitis. 

Mastitis in a ewe
(University of Illinois image)
The data collected will support requests for funding to conduct further research on diminishing the negative impact of mastitis  on the sheep industry and to develop educational materials to disseminate important information relevant to producers.

To participate in the survey, go to  The link is also posted to the American Sheep Industry Association home page at

The greatest cause for death in the first two weeks of a lamb's life is starvation.  Mastitis, an infection or inflammation  of the mammary gland of the ewe, is a major cause of this undesirable  result.  There are a variety of causes of mastitis, e.g. staph, strep, mycoplasma, ovine progressive pneumonia (OPP), and trauma.

Source:  ASI Weekly News, July 23, 2010

For a list of links pertaining to mastitis, go to

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