Breeding for Number of Lambs Weaned
Lamb mortality within the first 48 hours of birth results in major economic losses to the sheep industry, estimated at $700 million per year.
Given that the weight of meat and wool produced each year is more dependent upon the total number of lambs that survive to weaning, than upon the individual performance of a lamb, it could be argued that lamb survival is a priority selection criterion that should be included in all breeding programmes.
Oakwood suffolk lambs are lighter at birth, have inherently thicker coats and are more vigorous which assists in lamb survival.
While completely eliminating lamb deaths is impossible, studies have demonstrated genetic variation in cold survival through the establishment of lines of sheep with high and low resistance. Thus, gains in lamb survival are possible by including cold tolerance as a selection criterion in breeding programmes.
Research at Lincoln University has focused on a key gene in the pathway that leads to heat generation in response to cold stress and the and the ability of newborn lambs to survive cold weather.
Given that the weight of meat and wool produced each year is more dependent upon the total number of lambs that survive to weaning, than upon the individual performance of the lambs, lamb survival is an important selection criteria that should be included in all breeding programmes.
All Oakwood Suffolk and White Suffolk sires have been tested and have the highest cold tolerance gene marker AA Cold Tolerance.
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