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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 have trained human resources available on farm for the lambings.


  • What is implemented;
    Training activities about specific needs and potential risks during the lambings.
  • How is implemented;
    Specific training on:
  • feeding requirements and management of sheep prior to lambing;
  • Recognition of the signs of an imminent lambing, possible presentations of the lambs at birth, and procedures to follow.
  • Identification of toxemia, mastitis and hypocalcemia.
  • Management of newborn lambs, feeding with a suitable amount of colostrum, disinfection of the umbilical cord.
  • Recording technical data, lambings, number of lambs born, lamb mortality…
  • Designate a trained member of the staff as responsible for the group. 
  • When is it implemented.
    Update of knowledge of all the personnel at least 1 month before the start of the lambings.
    Expected benefits:
    To improve the care of sheep and lambs around lambing, and to decrease lamb mortality.
    Prerequisites and/or limits (knowledge, training, capabilities, cost, management, facilities, equipment, etc.)
  • Availability of trainers or ad hoc material (templates, etc.)


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Expected Impacts:


Benefit expected mortality
better labor organisation
less stress for the farmer
Is the solution suitable for various production systems Y
If no – for which system  
What are the asset costs <100
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 < 1 day  
How many people is needed to implement the solution? All workers in lambing time  
How long it takes to get results? >=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? Availability of trainers or ad hoc material  scanner
Skill/Knowledge-Training (farmer)
Does the solution need any specific skill/knowledge or training? yes
How much time will be required for training < 1 day 
Wider Environment
Is there any particular regulation link to the solution? no
Does the solution need any particular structure or organisation? no

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