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Alternate husbandry practices

Producers should always consider whether there is a need to undertake painful husbandry procedures on their animals or if there are suitable alternatives in their enterprises. Plainer breeches in Merino sheep, combined with dag management and additional crutching with or without reliance on chemical usage, may enable Merino producers to move away from mulesing.

For more details see this Flyboss article or this AWI article.

Mulesing alternative – liquid nitrogen

Application of liquid nitrogen to the breech area is occurring in a small number of flocks. It is considered that this non-surgical modification will still be a painful procedure, and the extent and methods of ameliorating this pain are still being evaluated. Meloxicam is reported to have limited benefits.

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