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Braxy is an inflammatory disease in the abomasal lining of sheep caused by the bacterium Clostridium septicum (aka Bacillus septicus), followed by rapid death.

Braxy is often brought on by a change from succulent food to dry (or icy) food. It is usually seen in young sheep, in particular those not protected with a Clostridial vaccine.

The mutton affected with this disease can also be referred to as braxy.

A vaccine against braxy was developed by Prof John Russell Greig at the Moredun Research Institute in Scotland.[1]


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.