As the popularity of sheep and goat production grows, so does the learning curve for farmers and veterinarians who are together figuring out the best ways to care for these small ruminants. Case in point: post-mortems are seldom performed on sheep and goats, let alone submitted to a diagnostic laboratory for analysis. But a new distance support program at the Ontario Veterinary College is responding to the industry’s expansion. It offers online information transfer of on-farm mortalities to increase the surveillance of diseases in adult sheep and goats on Ontario farms. The project addresses the unexplained deaths of mature small ruminants in large commercial herds that are befuddling the sector.

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