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Prevention and Control


Mastitis in sheep

Prevention of mastitis is difficult as a single prevention protocol is unlikely to be effective for all mastitis cases, due to the multifactorial nature of the disease and the numerous numbers of bacteria that are associated with mastitis. However, by improving our understanding of the disease, including risk factors, transmission routes and reservoirs, we can aid control strategies.

What can you do?
  • Ensure all ewes are in good body condition (3.0-3.5) at and pre- lambing.
  • Use replacement ewes with good udder conformation (see udder conformation page)
  • Ensure older ewes (above parity 5) are in good condition, particularly those with multiple lambs.
  • Effective management practices can be used to control disease transmission. This work is still in progress.
  • Breeding for resistance is a long-term strategy that may reduce the mastitis incidence in sheep (see Ed’s page).
Current theories for control

Nutrition/Body condition score
Selene’s work
Selene’s work
Long term management
Management practices (Selin)
Breeding/good udder conformation
Ed’s/Selene’s work