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Using Portable Ultrasound for Early Pregnancy Detection in Sheep


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Early detection of pregnancy and determining fetal numbers have economical benefits to sheep producers.  The method to use for pregnancy diagnosis should be simple, accurate, rapid, inexpensive, practical and safe for both operators and animals.


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Accurate pregnancy diagnosis can be achieved by progesterone and blood test assays, these blood tests are commonly called “PAG” tests.  However, research shows there can be up to 20% false positives.  The accuracy for determining between single and multiple fetuses is not that accurate or inexpensive.

Rectal abdominal palpation with a wand is a simple, cheap and quick method, however its accuracy for determining multiple pregnancies is low and it can cause abortion or rectal perforation.

Doppler technique requires great skill to achieve high accuracy for pregnancy diagnosis and prediction of fetal numbers.  [On a side note; occasionally, producers that have experienced “Doppler machines” say they are very accurate and all of their ewes get pregnant.  However, when using a fertile ram and having small numbers of ewes, having a near 100% pregnancy rate will most likely happen in a healthy flock.]

Radiography and Transabdominal B-mode Ultrasonography are able to accurately diagnose both pregnancy and fetal numbers.

However, Transabdominal B-mode Ultrasonography is cheaper and safer than radiography.  It can also be able to detect the fetal viability.

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 Ibex® Sector Probe        Ibex® convex linear probe

  3.5MHz Sector Transducer          3.8MHz Curved Linear

The optimum time for using transabdominal Transabdominal B-mode Ultrasonography in sheep ranges from 25 to 110 days of gestation.  The optimum time for detecting pregnancy is from 45 to 90 days of gestation.  An advantage to using Transabdominal B-mode Ultrasonography is that accurate pregnancy can easily be accomplished, confirming fetus viability, determining actual fetal numbers, and staging pregnancies within a two day window.


28 Day Sheep Pregnancy. Image was taken with the CL3.8 curved linear transducer. 


27 Day Sheep Pregnancy. Image taken with the Ibex Ultrasound and CL3.8 Curved Linear transducer.


45 Day Sheep Pregnancy. Image was taken with the Ibex ultrasound and CL3.8 curved linear transducer. 

 Sheep Cranium   Thorax w heart   Front leg 75 days plus w 3.5MHz Sector probe resized 600

Sheep Cranium - Thorax w heart - Front leg 75 days plus w 3.5MHz Sector probe

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 Sheep Cranium & Cotyledons 75 days plus w 3.5MHz Sector probe

Sheep Preg ~ 40 45 days w 3.5MHz Sector Probe resized 600

Sheep Preg ~ 40-45 days w 3.5MHz Sector Probe

Producers can make management decisions for their sheep based on the results of the pregnancy diagnosis using Transabdominal B-mode Ultrasonography.  This will be discussed in future blogs.

Article submitted by: Gary Veserat MS, PAS*
* American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists


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i wanna ask you about the price 
Posted @ Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:05 AM by marwan
about urine pregnancy tests in sheeps
Posted @ Wednesday, December 22, 2010 10:46 AM by shaguftarani84
I want to ask you about the price . How much is the ultrasound for sheep ? Thank you  
Posted @ Saturday, October 29, 2011 6:34 AM by Maryam
I want to ask you about the price . How much is the ultrasound for sheep ? Thank you  
Posted @ Saturday, October 29, 2011 6:36 AM by Maryam
Price, durability, battery charge... Please elaborate
Posted @ Friday, November 11, 2011 9:40 AM by Roberta mckowen dvm
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want to purchase one ultrssound to be use only in sheep & goats,pl. let me know,if you ve a representative in uae. 
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Posted @ Monday, April 16, 2012 9:28 AM by syed amjad ali
I want to know,how the urine test is done for pregnancy check in sheep & the cost involve. 
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Posted @ Monday, April 16, 2012 9:31 AM by syed amjad ali
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Posted @ Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:13 AM by Louvic Pharmaceutical
How much does one ultrasound cost.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:52 AM by Stone taiwo
How much is one ultrasound.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:59 AM by Stone taiwo
How much is one ultrasound.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7:55 AM by Stone taiwo
Hi i would like to buy 1 ultrasound machine for sheeps... need to know the price
Posted @ Wednesday, January 01, 2014 6:41 AM by Qasim
I was wondering if there is training available to learn how to scan sheep for pregnancies ? Thank you for any information you could give me,Laurie
Posted @ Saturday, February 01, 2014 3:04 PM by Laurie Tanner
It is wonderful I wana ask for the price to use for sheep,cattle and horses with different probes of course!
Posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:42 PM by Abpulgasem Elmarimi
Send me info on product, regarding price, availability in South Africa, training please.
Posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:11 AM by Marlene
Hi i would like to buy 1 ultrasound machine for sheep i need to know ehe price
Posted @ Wednesday, April 02, 2014 7:53 PM by Bader
please provide me a best price quotation for 1 set IBesPro or IbexLite with 3.5 sector transducer & 38 cuved linear
Posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 7:46 AM by aditia mahendra
im interested in learning more about this and wondering if anyone knows of any courses and what is involved. thanks
Posted @ Wednesday, May 07, 2014 9:59 PM by zari johnson
ı am from turkey.ı have got a sheep ultrasound and ı want to learn price please.  
p.s. can you sent turkey?
Posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2014 3:39 PM by sıtkı keçeci
I would like to purchase a portable ultrasound machine with both rectal and abdominal probes. How much can I get one for? Thank you.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:34 AM by Kenneth Okelu Anya
Do you have any suppliers in South Africa , please let me know
Posted @ Tuesday, August 05, 2014 6:51 AM by Phil Rawlins
I would like to purchase an ultrasound scanner on sheep pregnancy and will be appreciative if you could provide me with further information about models and prices. Would also know whether it detects how long the sheep embryo is and if there is a twin. 
Thanks a lot
Posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:05 AM by Mo
We need more video about sonar
Posted @ Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:58 AM by Dr Samer
How much does this cost? What is the price?
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what is the price of ultrasound for diagnosis of pregnancy in sheep
Posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:00 AM by h.shawky
would like to know cost for machine to deduct pregnancy in sheep. Also general specifications. Warranties etc.
Posted @ Sunday, February 22, 2015 11:26 AM by Karin fish
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