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Keeping Your Rams Free of Brucella Ovis

See Link at bottom of page for link to PDF on article written by Ben Hodgson & Anne Ridler - "Brucella ovis in rams - information for New Zealand farmers"

1.  Never buy a ram without seeing a current B. ovis accreditation certificate.

There are still reasonable numbers of rams being sold around the country from breeders with no accreditation program in place. Don’t assume, and don’t just take a verbal assurance that the rams are ‘Vet Checked’ – confirm that the Rams and Stud are actually Accredited free of Brucellosis. Accredited-free flocks should have a current certificate issued by their veterinarian.

2.  With stray rams, if you are in a risky area, shoot first and ask questions later.

Treat any stray ram as infected. If you see a stray ram, remove him as quickly as practically possible (by any means necessary!). If the stray has been in the mob for a while it may be a good idea to get the ram flock tested.

3.  Get your rams palpated by your local Veterinarian every year.

If you are unlucky enough to have your flock infected, the sooner this is identified the sooner steps can be taken to reduce the impact. Keep your new rams separate until you have the flock checked each year. In high risk areas, many farmers choose to blood test the entire ram flock every year.

4.  Don’t buy dog tucker rams.

A high percentage of these are infected (this is often the reason they have been culled).

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