Maternal caffeine supplementation on thermoregulation & survival of new born lambs
This research project aims to determine whether adding caffeine to the diets of pregnant ewes during the last few days of gestation improve the thermoregulatory capacity, viability and survival of new born lambs.
Neonatal mortality is a significant welfare and production concern for the sheep industry. This project builds on our work in pigs demonstrating a positive effect of maternal caffeine supplementation on piglet survival and thermoregulation.
Study production animal health
Dr Will Van Wettere's research focuses primarily on developing management strategies to improve the reproductive performance of female production animals (in particular pigs, sheep and cattle). This includes:
- increasing neonatal survival, as well as their growth and reproductive potential
- developing phenotypic markers of reproductive potential and longevity,
- improving the quality of oocyte/embryo donors and embryo recipients,
- alleviating seasonal infertility, and
- improving ovarian function.
If you have a specific interest in the above areas and would like to discuss potential honours projects, please contact Will.