Discover how Australian merino wool growers lead the way in analgesia & anaesthesia for lamb marking & sheep farming.
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The development of effective and practical anaesthetic and analgesic treatments for lambs has been a critical advance in alleviating the pain and distress lambs experience associated with husbandry procedures such as mulesing, tail docking and castration. Globally, Australian Merino woolgrowers have been leaders in the adoption of pain relief for husbandry procedures.
On-farm adoption of these analgesic and anaesthetic options has been rapid.
The 2017 Merino Husbandry Practices Survey also reported that nationally 42% of woolgrowers castrated and/or docked their lambs with analgesics and/or anaesthetics. The more detailed 2021 Merino Husbandry Practices Survey reported that in 2021 60% of woolgrowers used analgesics and/or anaesthetics at lamb tail docking and 30% of woolgrowers used analgesics and/or anaesthetics when castrating their male lambs. Analgesic and or anaesthetic options for ring castration and/or ring tail docking have only been available since 2016 and woolgrower adoption of these options will continue to be monitored over the coming years.