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2014-07-02 15:06:55

University of Bristol New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring. The study led by academics from the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences and published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters investigated whether early-life experiences can alter behavioural responses to a naturally painful event in adulthood – giving birth – and also affect behaviour of the next generation....

Study Compares Genetics Of Three Commercially Farmed Sheep Breeds
2014-01-30 10:03:52

University of York A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighboring UK upland breeds. The research, led by The Sheep Trust, a national charity based at the University of York, is the first of its kind to compare the genetics of three commercially farmed breeds all concentrated in the same geographical region of the UK. Scientists worked with hill farmers to explore the genetic structures of Herdwicks, Rough Fells and Dalesbred, breeds...

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2012-08-07 09:43:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Swiss biologists, including wolf expert Dr. Jean-Marc Landry from the Swiss Carnivore Research Group, are testing a new way to protect remote herds of sheep from wolves: text messaging. The wolf-warning device is a collar that will text the shepherd if the sheep's heart rate rises and stays high for a increased period of time. This signals that the sheep is in distress and needs help. The collar is seen as a replacement for expensive...

2009-08-06 11:07:58

Mary had a little lamb, but only once a year. However, Cornell Sheep Program researchers have discovered an unusual form of a gene that prompts ewes to breed out of season as well as conceive at younger ages and more frequently.They conducted a simple genetic test to identify the presence of the unusual form of the gene, the so-called M allele that other researchers had suspected might be correlated with out-of-season fertility, in their test flock and then validated the gene's relationship...

2008-10-10 15:00:23

By CRONSHAW, Tim Whether the hot run of dairying conversions on Southland sheep farms will get the speed wobbles could depend on the extent of red meat profits this season. Higher sheepmeat returns are expected to have a greater bearing on the conversion rate than the lowering of Fonterra's starting payout for 2008-09 to $6.60 a kilogram of milk solids, down from an earlier forecast of $7/kg. The credit crunch will also have would- be investors looking closely at their numbers. Last...

2008-10-02 15:00:41

By DIANE BISHOP A $150 lamb is being targeted by Federated Farmers to improve returns to sheep farmers but Silver Fern Farms, formerly PPCS, has slammed it an unrealistic. FEDERATED Farmers has launched a campaign that sets an industry target of $150 a lamb over the next five years. However, Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's largest marketer, processor and exporter of red meat, said it set unrealistic expectations and did not take into account global economic reality. The T150 concept,...

2008-09-17 15:00:26

By GALLOWAY, Jill; & FAIRFAX Some industry pundits believe with less stock available, companies will be talking to each other more. -------------------- Farmers are expecting higher returns once Silver Fern Farms (SFF) and PGG Wrightson (PGW) join forces, and industry watchdogs said they will keep an eye on the merged company. SFF farmer shareholders voted for the partnership proposal with PGW. "In my experience, corporates value their shareholders and clients far more than...

2008-09-02 15:00:14

LOBBYING with politicians is one of the tasks faced by the new team at Federated Farmers of New Zealand - even more important this year with a looming election. The new president is Southland sheep farmer Don Nicolson. He took over the leadership after five years on the board, following the retirement of Charlie Pedersen at the annual meeting in June. Mr Nicolson has a 212-hectare sheep farm (2000 stock units) near Invercargill. He is also chairman of the Local Government Forum (since...

2008-08-20 15:00:54

By GALLOWAY, Jill A more cohesive meat industry is what many are seeking. --------- ----------- The Silver Fern farms-PGG Wrightson partnership is just the beginning of what Silver Fern Farms chairman Ian Garden says he hopes will be a more cohesive meat industry which promotes more mergers. A more cohesive meat industry is what many farmers, and the Meat Industry Action Group (MIAG), wants to see. The MIAG wants meaningful consolidation within the industry and a farmer controlled,...

2008-08-17 18:00:34

By MORGAN, Jon The country's biggest meat company intends to intervene in the way lambs are reared because farmers aren't heeding calls for change to closer match international markets. Farming editor Jon Morgan reports. -------------------- A RADICAL change in sheep farming, matching up hill-country breeders with finishing farms, will take a big step closer to realisation if the Silver Fern Farms-PGG Wrightson partnership deal is successful. The move, designed to streamline the...


Latest Sheep husbandry Reference Libraries

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2007-07-16 14:25:09

The Domestic Sheep, Ovis aries, is the most common species of the sheep genus (Ovis). It is a woolly ruminant quadruped which most likely descends from the wild mouflon of South Asia. Sheep breeders refer to female sheep as ewes, intact males as rams, and castrated males as wethers. Yearlings are called hoggets and young sheep are called lambs. Domestic Sheep are now found all over the world, but they are declining in numbers in the U.S. because it is becoming economically unviable to raise...

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