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  1. Genetic parameters for birth difficulty, lamb vigour and lamb sucking ability in Suffolk sheep

    Contributor(s):: Macfarlane, J. M., Matheson, S. M., Dwyer, C. M.

    This study investigates the genetic basis of lamb vigour (defined as neonatal lamb activity and sucking ability) and lambing difficulty as potential traits to be included in selection programmes to improve ewe and lamb welfare. Scores for lamb birth difficulty, vigour and sucking ability were...

  2. Genotype rather than non-genetic behavioural transmission determines the temperament of Merino lambs

    Contributor(s):: Bickell, S., Poindron, P., Nowak, R., Chadwick, A., Ferguson, D., Blache, D.

    Merino ewes have been selected, over 18 generations, for calm (C) or nervous (N) temperament using an arena test and an isolation box test. We investigated the relative contributions of genotype versus the post-partum behaviour of the dam on the temperament of the lambs using a cross-fostering...

  3. Taking lambs to the slaughter: marketing channels, journey structures and possible consequences for welfare

    Contributor(s):: Murray, K. C., Davies, D. H., Cullinane, S. L., Eddison, J. C., Kirk, J. A.

    Consumers now demand evidence of welfare assurance at all stages of animal production, marketing, transport and slaughter. In response, retailers have increasingly adopted preferred supply chain relationships which preclude sourcing animals via livestock auction markets. One of the criteria...

  4. The welfare implications of shepherding during lambing in extensive New Zealand farming systems

    Contributor(s):: Fisher, M. W., Mellor, D. J.