Lamb Losses Project

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) secured funding, from the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 - 2013, to provide support to the beef and sheep industry.

As part of this programme HCC offered sheep farmers an opportunity to participate in a national project to monitor lamb losses over 2011. The project aimed to identify the main causes of lamb losses.

The project collected information from 70 farms so that a baseline can be established across Wales.

Participating farmers provided basic information at key times i.e. scanning and lambing and then records were kept of any post-lambing losses. The level of recording was made as easy as possible and simple forms/notebooks were provided to help with this.

The results from the project will be used by HCC to provide information and advice to sheep farmers and this will be made available through the various farmer networks.

The following links are to the recording sheets that were used for this project. Please use this as a template should you wish to record your own farms performance.

Following the completion of the project in 2011 a booklet was produced which gives technical advice on how losses can be reduced. To see the booklet please click here.