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News: Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Production animal health

Optimising fodder beet grazing management for beef cattle

Cattle

Honours project: Investigate the stocking rates, allocation of leaf and bulb and daily allocation of beets and the effect that changes in these parameters have on cattle performance.

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Managing diurnal changes in rumen pH of cattle grazing fodder beet

Cattle

Honours project: Increase our knowledge of the extent of rumen pH fluctuations in cattle grazing fodder beet long-term.

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Sow conformation & performance

Pig

Honours project: Determine the relationship between sow conformation (assessed at gilt selection) and performance over four parities.

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Genetics of lamb survival

Sheep and lamb

Honours project: Examine the genetic relationship between birth weight and lamb survival in a research flock.

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Cattle colostrum programming for a healthy life

Calves

Honours project: Compare the biological and molecular effects on a calf of receiving colostrum from its natural mother, from a different cow or not receiving colostrum at all.

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Thermal imaging of lamb temperature to help boost survival

Lambs

Honours project: This project aims to assess lamb body temperature using thermography as an indirect selection criterion for genetically improving its survival.

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Detecting Huntington's disease using naturally occurring compounds in the breath

Sheep Roseworthy

Honours project: Identify volatile organic compounds from exhaled breath for early diagnosis of Huntington’s disease using a sheep model.

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Growth signalling pathways acting on the intestinal stem cell

Piglets Roseworthy campus

Honours project: This project aims to access activity of positive and negative signalling pathways that act on intestinal stem cells in pigs.

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Impact of birth trauma on piglet mortality

Piglets suckling

Honours project: Are lesions indicative of birth trauma present on still-born piglets? If so, are these lesions are also present on piglets dying from other causes.

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