Mastitis in sheep is mostly a bacterially induced inflammation of the mammary gland or udder, which infects up to 10% or more ewes in some Poll Dorset, Suffolk and Texel flocks each year. This disease is evidenced by changes in the udder, sheep behaviour or milk appearance. While bacteria of the genus Mannheimia are known to be associated with mastitis in sheep, species identification is technically difficult.
Currently there is little information available on the underlying causes of mastitis in Australian sheep. The mastitis research group is studying this disease across a wide geographic range to evaluate the bacteria responsible and investigate potential therapeutics or preventive strategies.
Dr Stuart Barber
Senior Lecturer in Intensive Animal Management and Welfare
- Data sharing on sheep mastitis and production - Sheep CRC and UniMelb administered by Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences 2015
- IMPORTANCE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY OF MASTITIS IN THE AUSTRALIAN SHEEP FLOCK awarded by MEAT & LIVESTOCK AUST LTD 2012 - 2015
- AN INVESTIGATION INTO MASTITIS OF BREEDING EWES awarded by AUST WOOL INNOVATION LTD 2008 - 2009
- SUB-CLINICAL AND CLINICAL MASTITIS IN AUSTRALIAN SHEEP awarded by AUST WOOL INNOVATION LTD 2008