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Using lamb sales data to investigate associations between implementation of disease preventive practices and sheep flock performance

Lima, E.; Lovatt, F.; Davies, P.; Kaler, J.

Authors

E. Lima

F. Lovatt

P. Davies

J. Kaler

Abstract

Although the UK is the largest lamb meat producer in Europe, there are limited data available on sheep flock performance and on how sheep farmers manage their flocks. The aims of this study were to gather evidence on the types of disease control practices implemented in sheep flocks, and to explore husbandry factors associated with flock productivity. A questionnaire focusing on farm characteristics, general husbandry and flock health management was carried out in 648 farms located in the UK over summer 2016. Abattoir sales data (lamb sales over 12 months) was compared with the number of breeding ewes on farm to estimate flock productivity (number of lambs sold for meat per 100 ewes per farm per year). Results of a multivariable linear regression model, conducted on 615 farms with complete data, indicated that farms vaccinating ewes against abortion and clostridial agents and administering a group 4/5 anthelmintic to ewes (as recommended by the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep Initiative) during quarantining had a greater flock productivity than farms not implementing these actions (P

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 16, 2019
Journal animal
Print ISSN 1751-7311
Electronic ISSN 1751-732X
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation Lima, E., Lovatt, F., Davies, P., & Kaler, J. (2019). Using lamb sales data to investigate associations between implementation of disease preventive practices and sheep flock performance. animal, doi:10.1017/s1751731119001058
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s1751731119001058
Keywords Animal Science and Zoology
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/animal/article/using-lamb-sales-data-to-investigate-associations-between-implementation-of-disease-preventive-practices-and-sheep-flock-performance/68E80B80232590F9D8BF119B0DB3C914
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