Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has launched its complimentary blood testing service that allows vets to investigate one of the main infectious causes of early embryo loss in sheep flocks.

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has launched its complimentary blood testing service that allows vets to investigate one of the main infectious causes of early embryo loss in sheep flocks.

The annual subsidised Barren EweCheck diagnostic scheme is available until March 31 for breeding ewe flocks. The service establishes whether Toxoplasma gondii is potentially implicated in any empty or aborting ewes.

Data from the Barren EweCheck and FlockCheck 2010 schemes showed that 86% of flocks had been exposed to the toxoplasma parasite at some point before blood sampling. As a result, practitioners were able to give clients receiving a positive diagnosis timely advice on disease control and the benefits of a Toxovax vaccination regime.

The company anticipates full availability of Toxovax in 2011 and says its Barren EweCheck blood sample submission pads are available directly from the company’s Veterinary Support Group by calling 01908 685685.

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