Sheep flock in pasture.
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Favors Finnish at Easter table

Easter and Sheep! Most of the meat from sheep and lambs imported into Finland, ie less than one year old, comes from New Zealand. However, where sheep are grazing all year round in green landscapes, New Zealand's sheep economy is associated with many problematic issues that do not belong to Finnish lamb production.

1.In New Zealand, the big problem is parasites and insects, the amount of which is not controlled by frostbite. Flies are eager to lay on the back of the sheep, where the hair fades and the stools stick to the hairpins.

As a result, the lambs' tails are truncated to an 4-7 centimeter, either by cutting with a hot iron or by tightening with a rubber band. A rubber band tightened around the tail, with the tail in time, causes death and falls off. No pain relief is used. The sheep reared in Finland are, as a rule, flock-like, while in New Zealand sheep are long-tailed.

The resort some very extreme vahvakarvaisilla sheep breeds, such as merino be, the back side of the skin is removed for the same reason. The operation is known as mulesing. In other races, this most often dreaded term refers to the further thinning of the hairs of the supine region in addition to the normal keratinous routine.

2.In New Zealand, rams are often used to castrate, depending on the age of the sheep farm. The castration is usually done with rubber bands. In Finland sheep are not routinely castrated, although it is legal.

3.After landing on the plant, the animals in New Zealand are largely left to their own fortune. According to a British study, the most common factors affecting sheep mortality are weather conditions, lamb control and the formation of basal ligaments.

Roughly, this means that if mothers and lambs do not get in peace, there is a risk of 'orphans' that mothers do not recognize. In New Zealand, lamb mortality moves by 20%, with worst-case lamb deaths up to half of those born alive. In Finland, the alarm limit is considered to be 7% lamb mortality.

So if you marry a lamb at the Easter table, we recommend Finnish. Nice Easter time for everyone!

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