oa Agriprobe - Two students graduate with studies on sheep breeding - people on the move

Volume 16 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



Scientific research on breeding often focuses on agricultural output traits as well as the improvement of productivity. Very often no attention is given to important input traits such as the resistance of animals to internal parasites, or traits driven by consumer preference such as ethical production practices to maximise animal welfare. Two postgraduate studies were undertaken at the Directorate Animal Sciences of the Research and Technology Development programme. They focused on the breeding of sheep for either an increased resistance to gastro-intestinal nematodes (GIN) or selection for temperament to enhance ethical production practices. It culminated in a PhD and an MSc being conferred during the autumn graduation ceremony of Stellenbosch University.

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