Massey University Press publishes a guide to diseases in sheep



Since it was first published in 1993, The Sheep: Health, Disease and Production has been the go-to guide on sheep health, disease and production for veterinarians, farmers, farm advisors, and veterinary, agricultural and applied science students. Now, a fourth edition is about to be published; this time, by Massey University Press.

This authoritative new edition incorporates the latest research and thinking about sheep health, disease and production and includes in-depth information on exotic sheep diseases, such as Helicobacter abortion and Schmallenberg virus.

“With new technology, particularly genetics and molecular testing methods, there are new ways of investigating disease. This has allowed scientists to revisit some of the fundamental concepts (e.g. pathogenesis) of diseases, with some interesting findings,” says co-author Anne Ridler.

The book’s authors Neil Bruère, Dave West and Anne Ridler are recognised internationally in the field of sheep health and production, and have a lifetime of experience in the New Zealand sheep industry, as well as wide exposure to sheep farmers working with practical production and flock health issues.

The Sheep has been extensively revised and fully redesigned to incorporate a wider range of illustrations and colour photographs. There is also a more comprehensive use of tables. It is an invaluable resource for New Zealand veterinary science students, veterinarians and livestock farmers.

The book is published this month and can be purchased online.

About the aurthor

Anne Ridleris Associate Professor Sheep and Beef Cattle Health and Production at Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science. She has worked in farm animal veterinary practice in New Zealand, and at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She is one of the three original authors of this book, the other two being Neil Bruère (ONZM, BVSc, PhD, DVSc, FACVSc) and Dave West (BVSc, PhD, FACVSc), both formerly of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University.

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