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Lamb Growth Research Study Scholarship for PHD Students

Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships in New Zealand

Massey University New Zealand

Does management to increase ewe lamb growth increase their mature weight?

Minimum ewe lamb breeding (8 to 9 months of age) live weight targets of 40 kg are well established in the New Zealand sheep industry.  However, a significant proportion of sheep farmers mate ewe lambs with mating weights of 48+ kg.  However, farmers are reporting that the mature weights of animals that are heavy at ewe lamb breeding are also 5 to 10 kg heavier as mature ewes than their contemporaries who were not as well-grown.  If this observation is correct, there may be an optimal pre-mating growth strategy for ewe lambs that will limit the negative impact of excessively heavy mature ewes while still achieving high hogget breeding performance. The objective of this study is to determine if ewe lambs grown to heavy pre-breeding weights achieve a heavier mature weight and if so what is the impact on ewe efficiency.  The project will grow two groups of ewe lambs at different rates, with one group achieving about 42kg and the other about 50kg by breeding in early 2018.  Ewe and offspring performance will then be monitored for at least three lambings.  The outcome of the project will be proof as to whether very heavy ewe lambs at breeding have heavier mature weights and to determine any impacts on ewe production efficiency.  This research will assist farmers in understanding the consequences of excessive ewe lamb growth

A Scholarship will be available

Closing date 12 July 2017

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Master of Applied Statistics

Master of Construction Management

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Master of Food Technology

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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management

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Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Resource and Environmental Management

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Palmerston North



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