Risk Factors for Reproductive Disorders and Major Infectious Causes of Abortion in Sheep in the Highlands of Ethiopia
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Community-based sheep breeding programs (CBBPs) were established in Ethiopia since 2010. Improved rams from CBBPs need to be disseminated. However, there is a risk of transmitting reproductive diseases to other community flocks. To investigate this a cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015/16 to determine serological status of major infectious causes of abortion and associated risk factors in sheep in the highlands of Ethiopia. A total of 120 households from three districts (Bonga, Horro and Menz) were enrolled in the study. Per farm, 3-4 samples of animals aged >2 years were collected.