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Most lamb mortality occurs on the day of birth, and up to 75 per cent of deaths happen within the first week of life. Many causes of lamb death can be traced back to insufficient colostrum.  Colostrum helps maintain body temperature, provides immunoglobulins to fight off disease and stimulates gut development. Therefore, it was no surprise that colostrum management techniques ranked highly during our SheepNet workshops in Spain and Romania last year.

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