Study on the frequency of pregnant ewes slaughtered in Khorram Abad abattoir, Iran

Document Type: Short paper

Authors

1 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lorestan, Khorram Abad, Iran

2 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Urmia, Urmia, Iran

3 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

The aim of this survey was to evaluate the frequency of pregnant ewes slaughtered in Khorram Abad
abattoir and estimation of their gestational age. Over a period of five months in fall and winter, a total
number of 3046 uterine tracts were collected. Pregnancy was detected in 56.50% of ewes, 52.36% and 4.13% of which carried singleton and twins, respectively. The highest frequency of pregnancy was detected in
January (65.63%) and the lowest frequency was detected in March (35.02%). Among a total number of 1721
pregnant ewes, the most frequency of gestational age (34.68%) was recorded to be between 2 and 3 months of gestation, while 5.05% was detected to be above 121 days. Overall, the number of pregnant ewes with a gestational age over two months was considerable (59.83%). It was concluded that reproductive waste
resulting from slaughtering of pregnant animals is important in ewes in Khorram Abad and could be
prevented by an improved antemortem examination.

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