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Increasing Merino lambs weaned PIRD WA/01 - Part B, Economic Analysis
Previous economic analyses of increasing reproductive performance of merino sheep has shown that the value of increasing reproductive performance was in the range of $2-3 per ewe for every 10% percentage point increase in lambing rate (eg Morrison and Young 1991). Therefore these analyses concluded that to achieve profitable increases in reproductive performance, cost per ewe needs to be low or the percentage increase in lamb marking needs to be high. However, these analyse were conducted at times when the wool and lamb prices were lower than present. Also, alternative, innovative approaches to reproductive performance are currently being explored.
The aim of this analysis is to quantify the net benefits of improving lamb marking through increases in reproductive rate (scanning %) & survival, and compare these values with the costs involved and the responses achieved in the on-farm trials in this project.
This page was last updated on 24/07/2017
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