Anim Reprod Sci 2021 Mar 2;226:106715. Epub 2021 Feb 2.
The University of Adelaide, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Davies Livestock Research Centre, Roseworthy Campus, Mudla Wirra Rd, Roseworthy, South Australia, 5371, Australia; South Australian Research and Development Institute, Primary Industries and Regions of South Australia, Reproductive Biology, Livestock Sciences, Turretfield Research Centre, 129 Holland Rd, Rosedale, South Australia, 5350, Australia. Electronic address:
Percentages of lamb mortalities prior to weaning are a significant and persistent problem for the Australian sheep industry. Maternal caffeine supplementation reduced stillbirths and improved viability in piglets; however, the efficacy of caffeine in enhancing viability and lamb survival is equivocal. The aim of this study was to determine the optimal concentration and duration of maternal caffeine supplementation to improve lamb viability; time to stand and suck with consumption of colostrum occurring, as well as survival to weaning. Read More