Special Issue "Sheep Lactation, Nutrition and Reproduction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020).
Interests: sheep dairy; lactation in sheep; developmental programming; fetal development; mastitis in sheep and beef cattle
Interests: nutritional physiology; developmental programming; fetal and neonatal development and impact on lifetime performance in ruminants (sheep and cattle); dairy sheep; early life nutrition
There are many sheep-farming systems, from nomadic flocks browsing native plants, rotationally grazed flocks on improved pastures, to sheep housed and fed formulated total-mixed rations. Similarly, there is huge variation in the technology available to, and used by, the farmers. In New Zealand, we have a dichotomy in our perspective on sheep farming; we have 30 million sheep and are major exporters of meat and wool, yet we have a fledgling sheep dairy industry (as do some other countries). Whilst NZ is a world leader in efficiently farming sheep on pasture to produce meat and wool, we have a lot to learn about farming dairy sheep. The guest editors have careers in sheep research, including lactational and nutritional physiology and developmental programming, but only recently have we been able to study dairy sheep. Dairy sheep are naturally highly fecund which creates challenges associated with nutrition and management to support milk production from the ewe, and the cost-effective rearing management of the lamb(s) in a sustainable manner (economically, environmentally, socially and culturally). The composition of ewe’s milk is quite different from that of the cow, offering potential nutritional and marketing advantages, but also challenges associated with processing. Furthermore, since public perceptions of intensive cow dairy-farming systems in some countries is that they are not environmentally sustainable and that animal welfare is not well served, sheep dairy farming may become more common. Thus, our plan for this Special Issue is to highlight research in lactation, nutrition and reproduction in sheep with a strong emphasis toward dairy sheep.
Dr. Sam Peterson
Dr. Sue McCoard
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- sheep lactation
- sheep dairy
- sheep reproduction, nutrition of lactating ewes