Ram palpation / Brucella Ovis

Two diseases affect rams, Brucella ovis and Actinobacillus seminis. These diseases reduce ram fertility and can be spread by homosexual behaviour between rams.

There is a Brucellosis accreditation scheme in place which requires stud breeders to have their two-tooth rams palpated prior to sale, and any with lesions are blood tested and the stud sire rams must be palpated and blood tested each year.

Even if you are a commercial flock and not breeding rams for sale, it is a good idea to get your flock rams palpated prior to tupping to ensure they don't have any epidydimitis lesions or injuries which could reduce their fertility and spread disease to other rams.

Call us when you need your rams tested.