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Producing quality milk from sheep

Code: 9781838792619
Sam W. Peterson, Massey University, New Zealand

Chapter synopsis: This chapter describes the sheep dairy industry and begins by analysing the advantages and disadvantages of different sheep breeds for production of high-quality sheep milk. The chapter addresses in detail various issues arising from the dairy farming of sheep, including frequency of milking, the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating ewes, the weaning of lambs, photoperiod and season. It also examines milk quality and the common problem of mastitis in ewes and possible prevention and management strategies for the condition. The chapter concludes with future directions the sheep dairy industry might take and points the reader towards further reading on the subject.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0019.04
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Choice of breed and breeding to improve milk production 3 Milking frequency 4 Nutrition of growing and lactating ewes 5 Weaning lambs 6 Photoperiod and season 7 Milk composition and quality 8 Mastitis in ewes 9 Future trends and conclusion 10 Appendix 11 Where to look for further information 12 References

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