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Title: Nutritional management of the pregnant ewe and lamb survival
Contributor(s): Hinch, Geoffrey (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Lamb survival is a key limitation to reproductive efficiency in Australian sheep flocks and little improvement seems to have occurred in the past 25 years. This review shows that in Australia losses of single and twin lambs in excess of 10% and 20%, respectively, are still common. There are a wide variety of causes of lamb loss but starvation, exposure and birth trauma are predominant; predation and disease are sporadically of significance. This review demonstrates that most lamb losses are associated with ewe nutrition and that improved ewe nutritional management is a key factor in reducing lamb losses in Australia. That little progress has been made in improving lamb survival over the past 25 years invokes the question of why clear messages on ewe pregnancy nutrition have not been adopted.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition - Australia, Armidale, Australia, 12th July - 15th July, 2009
Source of Publication: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition - Australia, v.17, p. 151-159
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 0819-4823
Field of Research (FOR): 070206 Animal Reproduction
070204 Animal Nutrition
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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