Maternal caffeine supplementation on thermoregulation & survival of new born lambs

Lamb sitting in grass

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.

Will van Wettere


Dr Will Van Wettere

Co-supervisorsDr Karen Kind | Dr Kate Plush - SARDI | Dr Jen Kelly - SARDI | Dr Dave Kleeman - SARDI

Research area: Production animal health

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science

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