oa Agriprobe - Does selecting for finer wool result in higher incidence of creeping belly in the South African Dohne Merino sheep breed? - : Elsenburg journal

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



One of the breeding objectives of the Dohne Merino breed in South Africa is to decrease fibre diameter while maintaining fleece weight. It was postulated that selection for fine wool would increase the incidence of creeping belly (a condition where belly fleece encroaches into the woolly area of the sheep's body) and as a result decrease the financial value of the fleece. This study found that selection for finer wool with high wool quality score can result in a higher incidence of creeping belly and it is therefore important to place a cap on clean fleece weight selection and monitor the incidence of creeping belly.

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