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Country: Spain

Dairy or/and meat sheep: Dairy and meat

Source of information: Vet Laboratories and R+D+i

Level of solution:






Just Being Tested


Aim: To improve the diagnosis rate of abortion


  • What is implemented;
    Aborted females must be isolated and identified. 
    If there is no suspicion of the specific process, the following samples should be collected and sent to the laboratory: fetus, placenta, vaginal swabs, maternal serum and whole blood, together with the full case history.
  • How is implemented;
    Samples must be collected as clean as possible, and sent refrigerated in sealed, resistant and waterproof containers.
  • When is it implemented.
    Samples must be collected and sent to the lab as soon as possible; 10-15 days later, serum from the same sheep should be collected and analyzed again to check the possible existence of seroconversions.

Expected benefits:

To design efficient prophylactic measures for controlling abortion causative agents.


Prerequisites and/or limits (knowledge, training, capabilities, cost, management, facilities, equipment, etc.)

  • Clean material for the collection of samples: swabs, vacuum blood collection tubes, plastic bags, refrigerator, etc.
  • Access to trained and equipped technical and laboratory services.
  • Economic cost.


Expected impacts


Benefit expected Increase productivity
less abortion
less stress for the farmer
Is the solution suitable for various production systems Y
If no – for which system  
What are the asset costs <100 
What are the maintenance costs  
Any limits to its applicability  
Work Load
  Farmers Service provider/tech.-vet-others
How much time is required to prepare and implement the solution <1 day  
How many people is needed to implement the solution? Normal farm staff Veterinary support
How long it takes to get results? >=1week
How long it takes to see  an effect on sheep productivity? current production period, and next
  Farmers Service provider/technicians-vet-others
What kind of equipment/tool are necessary? Sample taking material (steryl plastic bags, tubes, needles, ..) Sample taking material (steryl plastic bags, tubes, needles, ..)
Skill/Knowledge-Training (farmer)
Does the solution need any specific skill/knowledge or training? Yes
How much time will be required for training Samples collection and conservation
Wider Environment
Is there any particular regulation link to the solution? No
Does the solution need any particular structure or organisation? No
Other Comments
Consider additional cost for lab analysis

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