Grazing rules for improved lamb management

SheepNet Solution Turkey

Country: Turkey

Dairy or/and meat sheep: Meat

Source of information:  Industry, Association, Local Departments of Agr.

Level of solution: Knowledge

Aim: To benefit more efficient from communal rangelands and pastures for a better lamb production


  • A booklet explain results of overgrazing in communal rangelands and its effect to flock’s nutrition management for a whole year period.
  • Video for grazing rules and its effect for the holistic production will be distributed to Breeders Associations for them to show in their local events.
  • Key note how and when to start grazing for lambs for different regions, cope with weaning stress
  • A technical note on feed related diarrhea and how to switch feeding from indoor to outdoor, rotational grazing
  • Key practices focus on the grazing during pre-mating, gestation, lambing and post lambing

Expected benefits: Better grassland management will improve flock’s nutritive requirement and therefore reduce lamb loses.

Prerequisites and/or limits:

  • Moderate understanding of environment and weaning principles is essential
  • Farmers need to know overgrazing results and learn how to benefit from grasslands more efficiently with basic techniques
  • Requires frequent training and time spending with farmers for feed regime changes
  • They need to understand bad management of natural resource =no animal=no food

Scientific references:

Hinch et al 2013. Effects of three whole farmlet management systems on Merino fat scores and reproduction. Animal Production Science 53, 740-749; Keady et al., 2009. An evaluation of two grassland systems of mid-season lamb production using prolific ewes of two genotypes. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 48, 87-101;

Tips & Tricks:

Feed unit access for lambs

Expected impacts:

Country Turkey          
Partner TOGEN          
Topic Lamb Mortality-Management          
Issue Grassland Management          
Solution No/Name 38-Grazing rules for improved lamb management          
Service provider/technicians+vet or farmers          
Benefit expected Increase productivity
-less abortion
less workload
better labor organisation

better feed management
less stress for the farmer
Is the solution suitable for various production systems Y   Meat
If no - for which system              
What are the asset costs   <100 100-500 500-1000 1000-10000 >10000
What are the maintenance costs   <50 50-100 100-500 500-1000 >1000
Any limits to its applicability    
Work Load
  Farmers Service provider/tech.-vet-others          
How much time is required to prepare and implement the solution >=1week   <1 day 1 day - 1 week >=1week    
How many people is needed to implement the solution? 1 person            
How long it takes to get results? >=1week Immediate <1 day 1 day - 1 week >=1week  
How long it takes to see  an effect on sheep productivity? current production period current production period next production period >next production period    
  Farmers Service provider/technicians-vet-others          
What kind of equipment/tool are necessary?              
Skill/Knowledge-Training (farmer)
Does the solution need any specific skill/knowledge or training? yes          
How much time will be required for training 1 week          
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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