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Sheep

Sweden has an estimated population of 600 000 sheep, of which approximately 300 000 are ewes and rams.

The Gotland pelt sheep is the most common breed in Sweden. Photo: Bengt Ekberg/SVA

The average herd size is around 30 ewes and rams. The production is mostly on a small scale and is based on home produced feed.

The health situation is good, but e g parasites and feeding related disorders may cause disease. Some important infectious diseases are supervised in national control and surveillance programs. Such diseases are maedi-visna, bovine virus diarrhea/border disease, paratuberculosis and scrapie. Moreover, a control program on foot rot started in 2009.

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