A hereditary skin defect in sheep

Acta Vet Scand. 1972;13(3):443-5. doi: 10.1186/BF03547060.


Some years ago a lamb with abnormal skin was received at the State veterinary research station for small ruminants (SVRS), Stavanger, from a farm in Ryfylke. The lamb had apparently been normal at birth, but by normal activity and contact with its mother, extensive wounds developed, with large, loose skin areas. The lamb’s condition had deteriorated so much that it was killed when it was two days old. Two ewes sired by the same ram had given birth to similar lambs the same year, while some years earlier, lambs with the same defect had been born by other ewes in the flock.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Sheep
  • Sheep Diseases / genetics*
  • Skin Diseases / genetics
  • Skin Diseases / veterinary*