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Country: Spain

Dairy or/and meat sheep: Dairy and meat

Source of information: Bibliography and technical Services

Level of solution: Practical

Aim: To facilitate the mother-lamb relationship and avoid mis-mothering


  • What is implemented;
    To prepare areas for individual allocation of sheep with their lamb/-s
  • How is implemented;
    During the first 12-24 h, the sheep and the lamb/s must be together in the place where the lambing has taken in order to facilitate mutual recognition.
    The yearlings that lamb for the first time, sheep that had a bad lambing, and sheep with several lambs, had to be placed in individual penning arrangements of around 2 m2, or in any case within a small batch of sheep (another 2 more sheep) to try to guarantee that mothers recognize and take care of their offspring.
  • When is it implemented.
    Susceptible sheep should be introduced within these arrangements at the time of lambing, where they should remain between 12 and 24 hours.

Expected benefits:

To decrease lamb mortality, as well as labour requirements.

Prerequisites and/or limits (knowledge, training, capabilities, cost, management, facilities, equipment, etc.)

  • Availability of space and barriers
  • Economic cost

Tips & Tricks:

Expected impacts:


Benefit expected Increase productivity
better labor organisation
better feed management
less stress for the farmer
Is the solution suitable for various production systems Y
If no – for which system extensive systems with lambing time outdoor
What are the asset costs Costs can be dependent on size flock. Would start at 100-500 for barriers, but could go much higher.
What are the maintenance costs  
Any limits to its applicability  
Work Load
  Farmers Service provider/tech.-vet-others
How much time is required to prepare and implement the solution <1day  
How many people is needed to implement the solution? 1  
How long it takes to get results? 1 day- 1week
How long it takes to see  an effect on sheep productivity? current production period
  Farmers Service provider/technicians-vet-others
What kind of equipment/tool are necessary? barriers  
Skill/Knowledge-Training (farmer)
Does the solution need any specific skill/knowledge or training? No 
How much time will be required for training No 
Wider Environment
Is there any particular regulation link to the solution? No, animal welfare legislation for mininum space allowance per animal
Does the solution need any particular structure or organisation? No 

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