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News: Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Production animal health

Improving sheep reproduction via pregnancy scanning

Merino lambs by s-ms_1989 on pixabay

Honours project: Undertake research that aims to increase lambing percentages through better use of pregnancy scanning technology.

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Water restriction practices in broiler breeder hens: effect on egg albumen composition

Chicken laying

Honours project: Determine the effects of maternal water restriction on egg development by investigating key proteins in the albumen of fertile chicken eggs which are vital for the survival and growth of the chicken embryo.

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Transmission of Salmonella from broiler breeder to progeny

Chickens - Image by Bohdan Chreptak from Pixabay

Honours project: This animal science project aims to understand the prevalence of Salmonella in meat type breeder flocks and their progenies.

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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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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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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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Genomics of tropical composite beef cattle

Study Bioinformatics

Honours project: Work on a project to improve the accuracy of breeding value estimation in a commercial breeding program.

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Trans-Tasman cattle maternal efficiency

Cattle Roseworthy

Honours project: Explore genetic selection strategies for maternal productivity in Angus and Hereford cattle in Australia and New Zealand.

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