Charles Sturt PhD student's survey aimed at boosting lamb survival rate

20 AUGUST 2019

Charles Sturt PhD student's survey aimed at boosting lamb survival rate

The 15-minute survey is targeted at sheep producers in NSW and aims to improve the profitability of sheep production.

  • Sheep producers asked to participate in online survey as part of wider body of research aimed at improving productivity and profitability
  • PhD student’s research focuses on the impact of nutritional supplementation on lambing ewes
  • One in five lambs born in Australia dies within days of its birth

Growing up on a merino stud in the central west of NSW meant Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) student Miss Kayla Kopp (pictured) spent plenty of time around ewes and lambs, but her PhD research is giving her new insight.

Miss Kopp’s PhD at Charles Sturt’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is investigating the nutritional supplementation of lambing ewes and is calling on sheep producers to take part in an online survey.

“The research aims to understand vaccination and nutritional supplementation of sheep and to find out more about the management practices and perceptions of farmers around lambing,” Miss Kopp said.

“The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and participants remain anonymous.”

The project is supervised Professor Michael Friend and is part of a wider body of research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation that aims to improve the productivity and profitability of sheep production.

“One in five lambs born in Australia die within days of birth, costing the industry over $1 billion each year,” Professor Friend said.

“Our research aims to better understand how those losses occur and to develop knowledge and tools that will help producers improve animal health and boost lamb survival.”

The survey is available online and sheep producers are invited to take part in the research until Saturday 31 August.

Participants must be producers currently involved in the sheep industry either as farm owners or managers in NSW; must have ewes lambing on their property annually; and must have at least 50 sheep on their property.

The survey builds on Miss Kopp’s earlier field studies focused on nutritional supplementation and milk production.

Data from the study will contribute to research on animal welfare, animal nutrition and sheep production.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Miss Kayla Kopp, contact Dave Neil at Charles Sturt Media on 0407 332 718 or via email to

The survey has been approved by the Charles Sturt Human Research Ethics Committee.

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