News: Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Production animal health

Stockpersons' knowledge of Codes of Practice in the pig industry

Piglets at Roseworthy campus

Honours project: Undertake qualitative research methods to determine farmer awareness and knowledge of a range of secondary legislative documents pertaining to the pig industry.

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Improving ovarian blood flow in pigs

PIgs

Honours project: Determine whether nutritional supplementation with arginine prior to ovulation improves ovarian blood flow and oocyte quality in female pigs.

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Factors affecting embryo gender in production animals

Cows Roseworthy

Honours project: Investigate what factors affect the gender of cow, sheep and pig embryos.

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Maternal caffeine supplementation on thermoregulation & survival of new born lambs

Lamb sitting in grass

Honours project: This project builds on our work in pigs demonstrating a positive effect of maternal caffeine supplementation on piglet survival and thermoregulation.

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Evaluate changes in the cognitive ability of sheep due to disease development

Sheep Roseworthy

Honours project: This project involves developing cognitive and behavioural tests in sheep to evaluate disease phenotypes.

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Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

Beef marbling

Honours project: Identify genes controlling the deposition of the intramuscular fat (that is, marbling) in beef cattle to better understand fat metabolism and to provide genetic markers for selection to improve beef quality.

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Effect of colostrum components on ruminant health & performance

Cows Roseworthy

Honours project: Determine the best feeding strategy of newborn calves for lifetime production.

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Mitochondrial DNA haplotype & response to placental restriction in sheep

Stefan Hiendleder

Honours project: Determine effects of mitochondrial DNA haplotype on extent and response to placental restriction in sheep.

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Effect of inoculation of the neonatal ruminant with foreign microbiota

Vet lab

Honours project: Analyse the effect of inoculation of neonatal lambs with known populations of rumen microbes on the development of the innate immune system.

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Do sheep hang out with other sheep who have similar personalities?

Sheep grazing, Roseworthy

Honours project: Determine whether sheep prefer to associate with other individuals that are similar in their behavioural type, and whether this results in an assortative social network structure.

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