Optimizing genetics, reproduction and nutrition of dairy sheep and goats.




New and Emerging Animal Industries

Research Organisation

Monash University

Objective Summary

1. Devise genetic selection criteria that increase profitability by reducing milking time, and increasing longevity, rather than focusing solely on milk production per head. 2. Determine optimum growth curves and optimum age and weight at first joining in dairy lambs and kids. 3. Determine the optimum lactation length in goats. 4. Determine how to manipulate photoperiod to increase milk production in sheep and goats. 5. Determine how to maximize the intake of energy as whole grain and conserved grass (hay and silage) while minimizing the incidence of acidosis in goats.

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Project Start Date

Friday, August 15, 2008

Project Completion Date

Monday, March 31, 2014

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NAP-Enhance industry success through targeted industry-specific RD&E


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Optimising genetics, reproduction and nutrition of dairy sheep and goats