Sheep Research Article Available on www.sheepusa.org
June 3, 2016

Traditional weaning, characterized by abrupt and complete separation of offspring from their dam, is a common management practice utilized by sheep producers; however, animal performance and behavior may be negatively impacted. Fenceline weaning, an alternative method that has been extensively examined and generally accepted to be effective in cattle, may mitigate the negative effects associated with weaning in sheep.

In their article Effects of Fenceline or Traditional Weaning Methods in Drylot on Performance and Behavior by Katahdin Crossbred Lambs, authors Backes, Shanks, Caldwell, Bax, Wuliji, Wansin and Clark evaluate the effects of this alternative method.

They conclude, "…utilizing alternative weaning strategies may not improve performance by spring-born Katahdin lambs and may have negative effects on lamb behavior."

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