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Type: Journal article
Title: Lamb survival in Australian flocks: a review
Author: Hinch, G.
Brien, F.
Citation: Animal Production Science, 2014; 54(6):656-666
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1836-0939
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G. N. Hinch and F. Brien
Abstract: Lamb survival is known to be a key component of reproductive efficiency in sheep flocks. It has been the subject of a large number of studies over the decades and this review provides an update and insights into the latest understanding of the extent and variability of lamb losses across Australia. The pattern of causes of lamb losses, including dystocia, starvation/exposure, mismothering and predation, are examined. Likewise the importance of birthweight in contributing to such losses is discussed as are strategies for improving lamb survival. The strategies examined include improved ewe nutrition, shelter provision and selection for cold resistance and improved maternal behaviour.
Description: Published: 19 December 2013
Rights: Journal compilation © CSIRO 2014
DOI: 10.1071/AN13236
Appears in Collections:Animal and Veterinary Sciences publications
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