Sheep Husbandry

Sheep Husbandry

4 October 1989

© Commonwealth of Australia 1989
ISBN 0 644 09622 5

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Opening Pages (PDF 155KB)
Preface
List of Acronyms
Glossary
 
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 230KB)
 
Chapter 2 - The basic needs of the sheep (PDF 356KB)
Introduction
Nutrition
Water
Protection from predators
Protection from climatic extremes
     Heat
     Cold
 
Chapter 3 - Lambs, lambing and lamb marking (PDF 496KB)
Introduction
Current lambing practices
     Timing
     Place
     Timing of lambing in relation to shearing
     The extent of supervision
Lamb losses
     The extent of lamb losses
     Factors impeding lamb survival
     Is there an acceptable level of lamb losses?
     Reduction of lamb losses
Lamb marking
     Earmarking
     Tail docking
     Castration
     General marking welfare issues
Lamb losses after marking
 
Chapter 4 - The sheep blowfly and its control (PDF 548KB)
Introduction
Sheep blowflies
     The life cycles of L. Cuprina
Susceptibility of sheep to blowfly strike
     Breech strike
     Body strike
     Other strikes
Effects of blowfly strike on the sheep
Prevention and control of flystrike
     Fly trapping
     Biological control
     Genetic control
     Selective breeding programmes
     Mulesing
     Crutching
     Pizzle dropping
     Chemical control
     Vaccination
 
Chapter 5 - Other health and handling issues (PDF 329KB)
Introduction
Internal parasites
Footrot
Dehorning
Teeth grinding
Electro-immobilisation
Handling techniques and facilities
Marketing
Intensive husbandry
Slaughter
 
Chapter 6 - Shearing (PDF 332KB)
Introduction
The timing of shearing
     Sheep coats
The shearing process
Alternatives to conventional shearing
     Biological wool harvesting
     Robotic shearing
The future of shearing
 
Chapter 7 - Reproduction (PDF 334KB)
Introduction
Traditional sheep reproduction
Breeding objectives
Manipulation of reproduction
     Artificial insemination
     Embryo transfer
     Genetic engineering
 
Chapter 8 - Natural disasters (PDF 337KB)
Introduction
Bushfires
Floods
Drought
 
Chapter 9 - Regulation (PDF 186KB)
Introduction
The present regulatory situation
     Codes of practice
Rationale behind codes of practice
Limitations of codes of practice
     Increased monitoring
 
Chapter 10 - Summary and recommendations (PDF 78KB)
 
Endnotes (PDF 351KB)
 
Appendix I - List of witnesses who appeared beforethe Committee to give evidence on SHeep Husbandry (PDF 92KB)

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