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Sheep Confinement Feeding Systems - National Workshop Outcomes

The purpose of the workshop was to identify issues, possible constraints and gaps in current knowledge for the management of sheep confinement feeding systems nationally, in order that research and development or the consolidation and dissemination of current information may occur. After considerable discussion, the working definition for a sheep confinement feeding system was agreed as: A sheep confinement feeding system is a feeding program in a confined area, where all or the majority of feed and water are supplied to sheep for production or maintenance. 

It was further agreed that two systems should be recognised: Production system: 

  • set up as an economic finishing operation; 
  • where product is sold to specifications; and 
  • where value is added to the product. Maintenance system:  
  • set up to conserve resource bases; 
  • where product is not directly sold; and 
  • with a focus on risk management for the basic product.

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