INCREASING LAMB SURVIVAL


MIKE NEARY

 Most sources on lamb mortality report that the average death loss of lambs nationally is somewhere in the range of 20 to 25% of the number of lambs born. Furthermore, the majority of lamb mortality occurs within seven days of birth. This is a tremendous amount of reproductive wastage on an individual farm basis and for the sheep industry in its entirety. Under most circumstances, it would be impractical to have a production goal of zero mortality. However, by proper management of the flock at key times of the production cycle, the amount of young lamb mortality can be reduced. A realistic goal of 10% lamb mortality is attainable by most producers.

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