Today Simon Gascoyne (Best vet ever, perhaps? He caught the ewe when I failed to…) came out to test the Katahdin ewe #1402 for CL.
He drew a blood sample from her jugular vein and aspirated a bit of creamy goop from her lump. I hope to have results by the end of next week, and in the meantime will hang my hopes on Simon’s instinct that this didn’t feel to him like a case of CL. Caseous lymphadenitis, as the name suggests, localizes in lymph nodes, and he thought the lump was too low on her neck to be associated with a node. Fingers crossed. Bravo, in contrast, was only worried about being left out of the action.