Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Western Australia, Sheep, Crutching, Crutching techniques

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To obtain the best results and achieve the maximum returns from wool-growing, it is essential that the sheep should be efficiently cared for. Correct crutching, systematically performed as often as is necessary is a definite step towards ensuring the comfort and welfare of the sheep. A large proportion of the sheep in the agricultural areas are crutched either too early or too late, and many flocks are not crutched at all. This state of affairs is mainly due to the shortage of professional crutchers so that there are obvious advantages in farmers and their sons being able to crutch their flocks themselves at the right times of the year.

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