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Grazing late-pregnant and lambing ewes on dual-purpose wheat Grazing late-pregnant and lambing ewes on dual-purpose wheat

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In a survey conducted in 2011 of sheep producers in the mixed-farming zone of the Hume Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) in southern NSW, 42% of respondents identified that they had grazed late pregnant or lambing ewes on dual-purpose wheat during the period 2005-2010... Given the above statistics, there is both a perception and a reality of the potential for high losses in reproducing ewes grazing dual-purpose wheat... In a field trial in 2010 with lambing merino ewes on a wheat crop near Balldale in southern NSW we observed only a 1% mortality rate in ewes grazing dual-purpose wheat...