Nutritional wasting disorders in sheep

Javier Asín, Gustavo A. Ramírez, Mauricio A. Navarro, Akinyi C. Nyaoke, Eileen E. Henderson, Fábio S. Mendonça, Jéssica Molín, Francisco A. Uzal

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The different ovine production and breeding systems share the cornerstone of keeping a good body condition to ensure adequate productivity. Several infectious and parasitic disorders have detrimental effects on weight gains and may lead to emaciation. Flock health management procedures are aimed to prevent such conditions. Nutritional management is equally important to guarantee adequate body condition. Persistent bouts of low ruminal pH due to excess concentrate in the diet may lead to subacute ruminal acidosis. Pre-stomach motility disorders may also lead to ill-thrift and emaciation. An adequate mineral supplementation is key to prevent the effects of cop-per, selenium, and other micronutrients deprivation, which may include, among others, loss of con-dition. This review elaborates on the clinico-pathologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects of some of these conditions, and highlights the necessity of considering them as contributors to states of wasting in sheep flocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number501
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Acidosis
  • Mineral deficiencies
  • Nutritional management
  • Sheep
  • Wasting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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