Animal breeding & growth

Research and information on sheep and beef breeding, fertility, pregnancy and birth. You may also be interested in Genetics.

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400 plus - a guide to improved lamb growth

Date published 1 November, 2010

This book shows how to achieve lamb growth of more than 400g a day, with a broad recipe for better lamb growth, as well as the science behind the management.

ID number 0-908768-96-6

Abortion in ewes

Date published 1 February, 2007

This factsheet outlines the possible causes of abortion in your ewe flock and how to control/ prevent the problem.

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Achieving good cattle growth rates while maintaining pasture control

Date published 20 June, 2014

This study is part of the Finished by 20 Months project. It focuses on how allocating pasture to cattle can be prioritised by running leader/follower grazing systems.

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Animal Welfare (Dogs) Code of Welfare

Date published 26 June, 2010

Code of welfare relating to dogs.

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Arai Matawai - breeding for facial eczema tolerance

Date published 1 November, 2010

Arai Matawai is tackling the facial eczema challenge burdening its production levels by using breeding and genetics to introduce FE-tolerant Coopworth rams to its Romney ewes.

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ID number Adapting to a changing climate: case study 24

Artificial lamb rearing – managing abomasal bloat

Date published 1 June, 2006

Sheep Council factsheet on a novel Norwegian technique adapted by Waikato farmer Claire Bull to reduce the chance of bloat in artificially reared lambs.

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Beef cows – pre and post calving management

Date published 1 August, 2005

Profit-wise, it is crucial to get a live calf from a pregnant cow. This R&D brief covers the key management targets to help safely negotiate the risky period before and after calving.

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ID number R&D Brief 111

Beef cows – Pre and post weaning strategies

Date published 2 May, 2005

This brief sets out some weaning guidelines and considers post-weaning management for the cow and calves.

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ID number R&D Brief 107

Better Ram Buying Decisions

Date published 4 July, 2016

Using SIL selection index and EBV information for better ram selection (2012).

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