n Farmer’s Weekly - Epididymitis (ram's disease) : farming for tomorrow - animal health - part 25

Volume 2015, Issue 15041
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



Epididymitis is caused by bacteria that occur in sheep flocks throughout South Africa. It may result in rams producing deformed spermatozoa, reducing their breeding value. The bacteria are transmitted to the epididymus (bybal in Afrikaans), a flat organ attached to the side of the testes. This comprises a tube system in which spermatozoa mature after being produced in the testes.

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