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Initiative 49

Enhancing immunity to improve lamb and weaner survival (B.LSM.0065)

Lamb survival is a key welfare and economic issue for sheep farmers. The two most ‘at risk’ phases of reduced immunity are in the infant and elderly. These two periods of reduced immune function coincide with periods of increased mortality in sheep. There is a need to better understand the potential link between the immunity strength of the lamb and its likelihood of survival.

Research undertaken by Murdoch University

What are we doing?

This project will determine the components or measures of the immune system that are related to lamb and weaner mortality, or indicators of lamb and weaner mortality, and also how these components of the immune system can be boosted by nutritional interventions.

Timing:

October 2016

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