Lamb tail docking: a controlled field study of the effects of tail amputation on health and productivity

  title={Lamb tail docking: a controlled field study of the effects of tail amputation on health and productivity},
  author={N. French and R. Wall and K. Morgan},
  journal={Veterinary Record},
  pages={463 - 467}
A detailed study of the effects of tail docking on lamb health and productivity was prompted by current concern about the welfare aspects of lamb tail amputation. Using a controlled field trial, comparing over 3000 docked and undocked lambs on seven farms, the effects of tail docking on mortality, blowfly strike and production variables were examined. The incidence of blowfly strike was strongly and consistently higher in undocked than docked lambs (rate ratio 6.03, 95 per cent confidence… Expand
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