Can lucerne be safely grazed to flush ewes prior to joining?

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Increasing the nutrition of ewes prior to and during joining (flushing) is well-recognised as increasing the ovulation rate of ewes 1 , with the aim of increasing the number of lambs weaned per ewe. Traditionally, lupin grain has been used to flush ewes in Australia, but lucerne (Megicago sativa) pasture is an alternative 2. However, the advice given to industry includes either recommendation or condemnation of the practice of grazing lucerne pre/during joining. Some advisors and producers have a strong concern that lucerne will reduce the fertility or fecundity of ewes. This paper explores the factors which contribute to the reproductive outcome from grazing lucerne.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDebrief, reboot and retool
Subtitle of host publication2021 sheep, camelid and goat veterinarians conference with a sheep reproduction stream
PublisherAustralian Veterinary Association
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventAustralian Reproduction Veterinarians (ARV) Conference: with a Sheep Reproduction Stream - Wagga RSL Club, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 202102 Jul 2021 (Registration brochure) (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralian Reproduction Veterinarians (ARV) Conference
Abbreviated title2021 Sheep, Camelid and Goat Veterinarians Conference
CityWagga Wagga
OtherThe first AVA conference for 2021 is a combined program for the SCGV and ARV, the 2.5 day program will be shared between SCGV and ARV. 1.5 days from Wednesday to Thursday lunchtime on sheep specific science, followed by 1 day focused on sheep reproduction on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
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