Optimising the survival and growth of lambs is important for both dairy and meat production systems. Artificial rearing is important in some dairy sheep production systems to increase the harvest of commercial milk for dairy product manufacture. It is also important for rearing orphans or lambs that are not reared naturally in both dairy sheep and meat sheep production systems to improve profits and meet market- and consumer-driven expectations on animal welfare.

Maximising success for lamb rearers

The aim of this technical manual is to provide an overview of current best practice knowledge for successful lamb rearing that is underpinned by scientific evidence from the literature and our research programme.

While this research was focused on dairy sheep as a model system, the knowledge generated is equally useful for meat sheep systems, particularly for rearing of orphans or lambs that their dams are not able to rear.

Lamb Rearing Technical Manual

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