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Adding formalin to milk helps in raising orphan lambs


D. T. Torell

Author Affiliations

D. T. Torell is Livestock Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Hopland Field Station.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 26(12):8-10. DOI:10.3733/ca.v026n12p8. December 1972.

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Many newborn orphaned lambs die each year because ranchers cannot easily afford to take the time required to keep nursing equipment clean. As a result they often make no attempt to raise the orphaned lambs. Adding a bacteria-killing agent to the lambs' milk would eliminate the necessity of daily washing of equipment and would make orphan-lamb raising a more profitable operation. Formalin, a 37% solution of formaldehyde, has been used for many years as a bactericide and as a preservative, but it has never before been recommended for use in milk fed to lambs.

Torell D. 1972. Adding formalin to milk helps in raising orphan lambs. Hilgardia 26(12):8-10. DOI:10.3733/ca.v026n12p8
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