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Improving Lamb Survival and Growth

Improving Lamb Survival and growth

Sheep producers are invited to attend a field day on ‘Improving Lamb Survival and Growth’, to be held at the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Rutherglen on June 17.

Around 70 per cent of lamb mortality occurs between birth and weaning occurs in the first 48hrs. Getting the ewes in lamb is one thing, but getting the lambs on the ground and through the first 48 hours is another.

The two factors which heavily influence lamb survival and growth: ewe nutrition in the last six weeks of pregnancy; and the impact of climatic conditions.

Presenters include: Dr Jeff Cave, DEPI District Veterinary Officer; local pregnancy scanner; Libby Heard, Coopers Animal Health; Rivalea; Kylie Macreadie and Ashley Paech DEPI Meat and Wool.

The day will cover a range of topics relevant to both autumn and spring lambing flocks, including:

  • Nutritional requirements of the ewe
  • Milk fever and pregnancy toxaemia
  • Shelter belt design and management
  • Pregnancy scanning – How and why?
  • Lamb autopsy
  • Weaner growth
  • Vaccination program
  • Transition feeding ewes

The day will involve both indoor and outdoor activities, therefore dress appropriately.

Lunch provided
For more information or to register contact Ash Paech on (02) 6030 4566 or 0408 562 983 or ashley.paech@depi.vic.gov.au by Thursday, June 12. Please notify any catering/dietary needs.

This event is a part of the Exploring the Links: Carbon and Biodiversity Project funded by the Australian Government Biodiversity Fund  via the North East CMA.

    


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