A new project is being launched in Wales in an attempt to reduce lamb losses.
Hybu Cig Cymru, the red meat promotion agency, is looking to recruit 50 farms to monitor losses over the coming year in order to see if there is a common pattern regarding the loss of lambs.
"We hope that with the help of flocks drawn from across Wales we can idenify the main causes of lamb losses and by doing so provide farmers with advice and support to help minimise similar losses the following season," said John Richards, HCC's industry information officer. He went on to say "The number of lambs sold or retained for breeding per ewe is still one of the most important single factors which affects the productivity of sheep flocks. Any loss of lambs prior to sale or maturity has a major impact on the profitability and viability of farms."
The project will be launched at next week's Royal Welsh Winter Fair and will collect basic information at scanning, lambing and during the post-lambing perios so that a baseline can be established for flocks across Wales.