New lamb def­i­ni­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

The Aus­tralian sheep in­dus­try is on track to adopt a new def­i­ni­tion for ‘lamb’ on July 1 this year.

The new def­i­ni­tion is ‘an ovine an­i­mal that is un­der 12 months of age or does not have any per­ma­nent in­cisor teeth in wear’.

A new se­ries of re­sources launched last week pro­vides guid­ance to the in­dus­try on what the change means in prac­tice and how to ap­ply the new def­i­ni­tion.

Sheep Pro­duc­ers Aus­tralia, SPA, in part­ner­ship with Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Meat In­dus­try Coun­cil helped de­velop the re­sources, which are avail­able on­line at www.sheep­pro­duc­ lamb-def­i­ni­tion.

The web­site in­cludes a fact sheet and video fea­tur­ing in­fo­graph­ics and live lamb ex­am­ples to make in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the new def­i­ni­tion eas­ier.

SPA pres­i­dent Chris Mi­rams said the re­sources would help give pro­duc­ers con­fi­dence in ap­ply­ing the def­i­ni­tion.

“Th­ese new re­sources clearly ex­plain the change and en­sure sheep pro­duc­ers have the tools to know what per­ma­nent in­cisor teeth in wear look like, com­pared with in­cisor teeth which are erupted but not yet in wear,” he said.

“For pro­duc­ers, the change means hav­ing in­creased con­fi­dence to fin­ish their lambs in the best con­di­tion pos­si­ble.”

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