Optimising genetics, reproduction and nutrition of dairy sheep and goats

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  • Published: 16 Sep 2014

  • Author(s): Cameron, Alexander, Dr

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Dairy sheep and goat industries in Europe are several orders of magnitude larger than in Australia and thus provide a substantial body of scientific and industrial experience for the small Australian industry to utilise.

This project aimed to devise and implement strategies on one farm that could be suitable for increasing the efficiency of milk production in dairy sheep and goats in Australia. The key findings from this research spanned the production processes, including: the role of artificial lighting; the impact of the age at which goats are mated and sheep are mated; the age at which to wean lambs to optimise milk production; the effect of the source of carbohydrate on goat milk production; and the effects of stocking rate on goat milk production.