Graham Centre research supplementing lamb survival

LESS LAMBS LOST: CSU lecturer and Graham Centre researcher Dr Shawn McGrath says the results should be in by Christmas. Picture: supplied

LESS LAMBS LOST: CSU lecturer and Graham Centre researcher Dr Shawn McGrath says the results should be in by Christmas. Picture: supplied

A project at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation has identified a possible way to boost lamb survival. 

Following analysis of forage, blood and urine samples from 16 farms across four states, a potential link has been identified between the higher calcium and magnesium status of ewes and improved lamb survival.

Researcher Dr Shawn McGrath said survival rates are a “reasonably big issue” for farmers. 

Industry benchmarks suggest 70-80 per cent of twin-born lambs live to marking. 

A study across five farms is currently underway to identify whether supplementation improves survival. If demonstrated, this may represent a quick and simple way to strengthen flocks.

“It’s a very easy thing for farmers to be able to put out supplements,” Dr McGrath said. 

The on-farm studies will be completed this spring. 

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