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Country: France

Dairy or/and meat sheep: Dairy and meat

Source of information: Institut de l’Elevage

Level of solution:






Just Being Tested


Aim: This booklet aims to provide a collection of practices and recommendations in terms of design and hygiene of shed according to the age of the lambs (from birth to weaning)


  • 44 pages document to remind the main health risks facing lambs and the preventive measures to control them indoor.
  • Tools to provide the latest recommendations in terms of design and maintenance of shed according to the age of the lambs (and therefore the potential risks).

Expected benefits: better design and hygiene of shed and ultimately reduce the risk of lamb infections.

Prerequisites and/or limits: the support of a specialized technician remains essential to modulate advices according to the situation of the herd.

Tips and Tricks

A barrier to prevent lambs from jumping in the trough

Blackboard for lambing pens

Melanie’s rack system for sheep hurdles

Preserving jar rubber seal (as a lamb ID collar)

Colostrum stocking

Earthing the troughs

Webcam in the shed

Toolbelt with lambing kit

Lamb ID box

Homemade lamb station

Water supply to lambing pens

Collecting data at lambing

Cage to foster adoption

Post partum cage

Cage to provide water to lambs

Barrier to restrict the access of the lambs to their mothers

Portable tray with material to manage newborn lambs

Car to transport lambs to the lactation room

Colostrum conservation in single-dose plastic bottles

Tripod to handle newborn lambs

Multi-pocket belt to manage newborn lambs

Lambing  tool kit

Pen labelling

Lamb station

Storing frozen colostrum

Outdoor lamb recording bag



  • Dwyer, C.M., Conington, J., Corbiere, F., Holmoy, I.H., Muri, K., Nowak, R., Rooke, J., Vipond, J., Gautier, J.M., 2016. Invited review: Improving neonatal survival in small ruminants: science into practice. Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience 10, 449-459
  • Rooke, J.A., Arnott, G., Dwyer, C.M., Rutherford, K.M.D., 2015. The importance of the gestation period for welfare of lambs: maternal stressors and lamb vigour and wellbeing. J. Agric. Sci. 153, 497-519

Expected impacts:

1. Level End-User Assessment (Partner)
Country France
Partner Idele
Issue Sheep shed (air circulation, bedding, hygiene etc.)
Solution No/Name Lambs in good health: good breeding practices and adapted shed
Service provider/technicians+vet or farmers
Benefit expected Increase productivity
Less abortion
Less mortality
Less workload
Better labour organisation
Less stress for the farmer
Is the solution suitable for various production systems in shed  
If no – for which system    
What are the asset costs 100 and >10 000 depending of the starting situation
What are the maintenance costs 50-100
Any limits to its applicability The shed design and facilities presented are adapted to French situations. The cost for the farmer can vary from <100 € if only the practices are to be changed, to more than 10 000 € if investments are to be made on the shed.
Work Load
  Farmers Service provider/tech.-vet-others
How much time is required to prepare and implement the solution >=1week >=1week
How many people is needed to implement the solution? 1  
How long it takes to get results? Immediate
How long it takes to see  an effect on sheep productivity? current production period (if on practices); >next production period (if investments)
  Farmers Service provider/technicians-vet-others
What kind of equipment/tool are necessary? shed  
Skill/Knowledge-Training (farmer)
Does the solution need any specific skill/knowledge or training? no
How much time will be required for training  
Wider Environment
Is there any particular regulation link to the solution? Yes (building construction
Does the solution need any particular structure or organisation? no
Other Comments

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