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All Oakwood Sires have the highest Cold Tolerance gene marker

 

Lamb mortality within the first 48 hours of birth results in major economic losses to the sheep industry.

While some lamb deaths can be attributed to specific causes such as birthing difficulties and poor mothering, approximately a third of them are associated with cold exposure and starvation.

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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