Animal health company offers tips to farmers on improving lambing rates

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Designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of how producers can increase lambing rates and share insights into the latest reproductive science, Virbac Australia recently held a pre-joining information day in Young, NSW headlined by Dr John Webb Ware, senior livestock consultant at the University of Melbourne.

Attendees had the chance to learn about important nutritional and management considerations to help them achieve an increased lambing rate and were also informed about Virbac’s fecundity vaccine which has been identified as a key component to boost lamb numbers.

“Ovastim is a practical and economical method to help increase lamb production,” Dr Webb Ware said.

“The vaccine directly influences a ewe’s fecundity, increasing the number of eggs available for fertilisation by immunising the animal against the hormone androstenedione, which alters ovarian function. 

“That, in turn, leads to an increase in the number of twin births, which is an important factor in boosting lamb numbers.

“With good management practices, more lambs on the ground will result in improved sales, to further benefit a producer’s bottom line,” Dr Webb Ware added.

Sheep producer Marty Corcoran from Boorowa described the event as a great opportunity to learn more about nutritional and management considerations to improve lambing rates.

“The Ovastim information morning was highly insightful in how farmers can manage the reproductive performance of their sheep flock,” Corcoran said.

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