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Sheep Breeders Round Table 2015, 20-22 Nov, Nottingham - Call for posters

The organising committee of    Sheep Breeders Round Table 2015 are currently  inviting researchers to submit posters to be on display throughout the entire weekend of the meeting.  Authors do not need to be present, as the organisers are happy to receive, display and return any posters. P osters should be from research projects that would be of interest to sheep...
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Scientists map blowfly genome

Researchers have decoded the Australian sheep blowfly genome, adding ammunition to the battle against one of the nation’s most insidious pests. Around 2000 genes not seen before in any other organism were discovered. These genes can now be investigated as potential drug and vaccine targets. This blowfly is responsible for about $280 million in...
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AHDB announces call for Beef and Lamb PhD studentship projects starting in October 2016

AHDB Beef and Lamb, the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England, has announced a call for Beef and Lamb PhD studentship projects starting in October 2016.   Specific terms relating to the call and all relevant documentation for submitting proposals can be found on the Beef and Lamb, and AHDB websites at: ...
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NextGen project announces first public release of its sheep, goats and cattle genomic data

NextGen is a collaborative international research project investigating the biodiversity of key livestock species.  This first release of their genomic data marks the culmination of four years work by the NextGen  project, from collecting samples and sequencing samples, through to  calling genotypes and annotating variants. The project participants used whole genome...
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KTN funded project helps inbreeding values become accessible to sheep breeders

Inbreeding values have now been made available to sheep breeders thanks to a KTN  funded project supported by EBLEX.  The project, which involves EGENEs (SRUC’s genetic evaluation service) and BASCO, will mean  inbreeding values will be available to all registered Suffolk, Texel and Hampshire breeders, and those  flocks that performance record through Signet...
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Gene study shows how sheep first separated from goats

BBSRC-funded scientists have helped to crack the genetic code of sheep to reveal how they became a distinct species from goats around four million years ago. The study is the first to pinpoint the genetic differences that make sheep different from other animals. The findings could aid the development of DNA testing to speed-up selective breeding programmes, helping farmers to improve...
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Review of genetics of helminth resistance in sheep

Helminths are gastrointestinal parasitic worms that have become a major concern and source of economic loss for sheep producers around the world. An article published in the Canad ian Journal of Animal Science  has reviewed current research into a promising alternative to control the disease. According to the  paper , the sheep industry has become dependent on drugs to...
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US scientists develop new method that makes FMD vaccine production safer

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a new technology that will mean that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines can be produced safely in the future. Whilst the U.S. has not suffered an outbreak of FMD since 1929, this highly contagious disease, affecting cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. is still a threat in many other...
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Nuffield scholarship report on sheep genomics

The report "Sheep genomics: the future of profitable performance prediction", written by Nuffield Scholar Robert Hodgkins can now be accessed here: http://www.nuffieldinternational.org/rep_pdf/1380444290Rob-Hodgkins-report-2012.pdf   As is described in the report, the Objectives of the Study Tour were as follows:  To establish the current state of sheep genomics, in...
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SPARK Award contributes to better understanding of genetic factors controlling wool shedding in sheep

A Biosciences KTN SPARK Award has funded a recently published piece of research on the genetic factors controlling wool shedding in “easy care” sheep. With the increasing costs of labour, and the decreased market value of wool, there has been renewed interest in “Easycare” sheep. Genetic traits which cause sheep to naturally shed their coats have become desirable. In this study, the...
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