Bachelor of Animal Science (Hons)
Supplementation of pre-lambing twin bearing Merino ewes to alter colostrum immunoglobulins, colostrum quality and Immunity transfer to their lambs
Testing the effects of protein and starch supplementation through a short term feeding program to determine if colostrum quantity and immunoglobulin concentration can be increased and if this could increase the transfer of immunity to twin born lambs. Focusing on twin born lambs as survival is much lower compared to single born lambs. Also testing the effects of a pre-lambing niacin supplementation on colostrum quantity and immunoglobulin concentration.
Professor Michael Friend, Dr Susan Robertson, Dr Angel Abuelo Sebio
Australian Research Training Program Scholarship, Graham Centre Scholarship
Kopp, K.J., Roberston, S.M., Friend, M.A. (2018) Barley grain supplementation in late gestation to twin-bearing Merino ewes grazing high-biomass and high-quality pasture does not increase lamb survival. Animal Production Science.