Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
Print version ISSN 0102-0935
MELO, C.B. et al. Evaluation of a prophylactic method against clinical mastitis in Santa Inês ewes. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2008, vol.60, n.4, pp. 1011-1013. ISSN 0102-0935. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352008000400033.
Mastitis is an important problem for the Santa Inês ewes and is a disease strongly related to the management carried out in the herd. A comparative study was carried out between the proposed method based on drying (treatment) and the traditional method (control). Sixty-two Santa Inês ewes raised in a semi-extensive system were divided in two groups of 31 ewes each: treatment group (G1) and control group (G2). The animals were monitored each week searching for clinical sings of mastitis. In 8.4% of G1 and 41.3% of G2 animals, the udder was warm and hyperemic. The presence of residual milk was lower in G1 (24.3%) compared to those of G2 (74.2%). The proposed treatment for the control of ovine mastitis significantly reduced the frequency of the clinical signs of the disease.
Keywords : sheep; Santa Inês; lactation; drying off; mastitis.