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Lamb Yard Weaning Producer Demonstration

​This lamb yard weaning producer demonstration was designed to evaluate the impact yard weaning has on post weaning performance (growth rates) and its potential to improve the profitability of sheep breeding enterprises. The results achieved across the demonstration sites generally showed a statistically significant difference in growth rates in favour of paddock weaning, however there were a large number of factors which contributed to these results. The results achieved have illustrated that the weaning process is complex and achieving optimum animal performance can be difficult irrespective of weaning type. 

The greatest influence on animal performance, regardless of weaning method was nutrition.  While there is nothing new in this finding, it could be concluded that the sheer impact of nutrition pre and post weaning was underestimated by all contributing producers. Water quality and availability at weaning are also critical factors irrespective of weaning method.  All sites perceived there to be a difference in the behaviour of lambs that were yard weaned.  This suggests that there are benefits to be achieved through improved ease of handling animals in the future, especially for self replacing flocks.  Weaning is a complex task with a range of influencing factors which should not be underestimated by producers.  

Please note the allocation of lambs to separate paddocks after yard weaning may have affected the results of the producer demonstration site.


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Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Yard Weaning Lambs
03/01/2013 30/06/2014

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