Pregnancy toxaemia and hypocalcaemia in breeding ewes
Pregnancy toxaemia and hypocalcaemia are conditions which display similar symptoms in ewes, but which have different causes. Pregnancy toxaemia is the result of an energy deficiency in late pregnancy, whilst hypocalcaemia is the result of a lack in calcium in the bloodstream. Both conditions are more commonly seen in twin bearing ewes, where the demand for energy and calcium is very high.
By using this factsheet, livestock producers can become familiar with the differences between pregnancy toxaemia and hypocalcaemia; and act quickly to implement management practices in order to prevent symptoms.
Topics covered in this Primefact include;
- Pre-disposing factors
- Clinical symptoms
This factsheet is being updated and will be available shortly. [14 May 2012]