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Causes of lambing death often wrongly assumed

LAMB deaths are commonly thought to be caused by predation and cold exposure, and while these factors are contributors, other causes are often far more prevalent. Speaking at the annual MerinoLink conference in Bathurst, New South Wales, recently, NSW Department of Primary Industries livestock research officer Gordon Refshauge said true cause of death was often tricky to diagnose without an autopsy.

Claire Harris
 Understanding and diagnosing deaths in lambs can be tricky. Photo: Mark Saunders.

Understanding and diagnosing deaths in lambs can be tricky. Photo: Mark Saunders.

Based in Cowra, New South Wales, Dr Refshauge's presentation centred around understanding causes of death to improve lamb survival, considering all problems relevant to pre-birth, during birth, soon after...

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