Sheep and Goat Production and Products in Europe: Current Status, Challenges, and Opportunities

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Small Ruminants".

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Dear Colleagues,

Sheep and goat production from European breeds is an essential and far-reaching industry, providing original products to international markets. Ruminant animal products are recognized in Europe and other continents for their quality and originality. Although these products have a number of attractive characteristics, their high sensory quality is considered the most relevant to consumers. The quality of animal products from ruminants varies between breeds, feeding strategies, processing factors, and so on. European consumers want to know the characteristics of the products they consume. Therefore, new systems to trace the origin of animal products in Europe are required. For example, biomarkers can be used to identify the origin of animals and guarantee the quality of products. Improvements that can guarantee the traceability of products of animal origin are currently being developed. Furthermore, this characterization can help local products of high sensory quality develop quality brands, sustaining them economically.  

In this Special Issue, we invite researchers to submit original research and review articles on new challenges and strategies to ensure the quality of food products from sheep and goat breeds in Europe. These papers might include, but are not limited to, topics relating to traceability control, biomarkers, new production systems, new products, original products, or the use of regional available byproducts.

Prof. Dr. Alberto Horcada
Prof. Dr. Alfredo Jorge Costa Teixeira
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  • small ruminant
  • traceability
  • sheep breeds
  • goat breeds
  • animal products
  • biomarkers
  • by-products

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Analysis of Potential Genes and Economic Parameters Associated with Growth and Heat Tolerance in Sheep (Ovis aries)
by Samer Ibrahim, Mona Al-Sharif, Fawzy Younis, Ahmed Ateya, Mohamed Abdo and Liana Fericean
Animals 2023, 13(3), 353; - 19 Jan 2023
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This study explored the potential genes and economic factors that might be associated with growth and heat tolerance in two sheep breeds. Data on growth performance from the third month to six months of age were obtained based on records. In comparison to [...] Read more.
This study explored the potential genes and economic factors that might be associated with growth and heat tolerance in two sheep breeds. Data on growth performance from the third month to six months of age were obtained based on records. In comparison to Aboudeleik lambs, Barki lambs developed considerably greater starting body weight, final body weight, final body weight gain, daily weight gain, and percentage increase in BW/month. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were found between lambs of the two breeds using PCR-DNA sequencing of CAST, LEP, MYLK4, MEF2B, STAT5A, TRPV1, HSP90AB1, HSPB6, HSF1, ST1P1, and ATP1A1 genes. Lambs from each breed were divided into groups based on detected SNPs in genes related to growth. The least squares means of the differentiated groups revealed a significant correlation of detected SNPs with growth and heat tolerance attributes (p ≤ 0.05). Barki lambs elicited greater total variable costs, total costs, total return, and net return values. The Barki sheep provided the best economic efficiency value when comparing the percentage difference between net profit and economic efficiency. Together with economic considerations, SNPs found may be used as proxies for marker-assisted selection of the best breed of sheep for traits related to growth and heat tolerance. Full article
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