PDS 2 Lotsa Lambs

Full Name: Lotsa Lambs: Improving Reproduction Success

Funding Body: Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

UNFS is running a Producer Demonstration Site project for three years in 2022, 2023 and 2024. The first two demonstration sites are sheep producers located near Caltowie and Gladstone. Sheep were pregnancy scanned and split into single and multiple bearing ewes. The aim of these two sites is to demonstrate that the adoption of best management strategies including pregnancy scanning and selective management of singles and multiples as well as smaller mob sizes at lambing for multiple bearers, can improve the reproductive performance of sheep flocks in the Upper North of South Australia.

Two additional sites will be established focusing on ewes in confinement. These sites will be located near Melrose and Appila and aim to demonstrate the selective management of single and multiple bearing ewes in containment using condition scoring and targeted feeding in order to increase lamb and ewe survival rates.

Workshops, field days, site visits and case study reports over the next two years will provide a learning opportunity around improving sheep reproduction success for sheep producers in the Upper North.

Contact:  Rachel Trengove, 0438452003, rachel@unfs.com.au