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Table 1 Questionnaire

From: Flock health survey of Irish Texel society breeders and larynx examination in Texel sheep

Question Response Options Response (%)
Flock type Pedigree only 24.6
Commercial and pedigree 75.4
Pedigree flock size < 25 Breeding ewes 12.3
25–50 Breeding ewes 24.6
> 50 Breeding ewes 63.1
Are pedigree lambs fed concentrates between 8 weeks and sale? Yes 93.8
No 6.2
If yes are they fed ad lib? Yes 21.3
No 78.7
What is the max daily feeding rate kg per day   Range 0.5 to 3–4 kg
Percentage of pedigree lambs sold as breeding stock annually? ≥50% lambs 60%
< 50% lambs 40%
Do you have an unusually high proportion of unexplained sudden deaths? Yes 4.6
No 95.4
Have you had sheep with throat problems e.g. loud harsh breathing? Yes 81.5
No 18.5
Average how many per year (% of flock) Range from 1 to 10%. Some didn’t give % and ranged from rare to 5 sheep
What age most commonly affected < 6 months 3.8
6–12 months 13.2
> 1 year 81.1
Does it occur more in males than females Yes 17.0
No 77.4
Does it occur at certain times of year Housing 3.8
Breeding 5.7
Near finishing 17.0
No obvious pattern 58.5
Lambing 1.9
Do you attempt treatment? Yes 73.6
No 26.4
Is treatment successful? Yes 23.1
No 17.95
Sometimes 58.97
Have you seen this problem more frequently when you have used a particular sire? Yes 37.7
No 47.2
Unsure 13.2
Have you had poor thrive in purebred texels you can’t explain? Yes 18.5
No 81.5
Do you submit unexplained deaths to Regional Vet Lab for post mortem? Yes 32.8
No 65.6
Interested in partaking in further work to improve Texel sheep health? Yes 73.8
No 26.2