The 2019 lamb crop report released this week by Beef and Lamb New Zealand estimates the number of lambs tailed in spring 2019 (autumn 2019 in the northern hemisphere) decreased by 2.4% or a sizeable 552,000 head on the year previous to reach 22.7m head.

New Zealand sheep farmers tail-dock their lambs a few weeks post-lambing and this is where the count originates from.