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Research Project: Developing a Systems Biology Approach to Enhance Efficiency and Sustainability of Lamb Production

Location: Livestock Bio-Systems

Project Number: 3040-31000-101-000-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Jan 4, 2021
End Date: Aug 10, 2022

Objective 1: Perform genetic analyses, including genomics and genetic parameters, for a suite of health and performance traits (e.g. mastitis, respiratory disease, milk quality and eating quality). Objective 2: Evaluate impact of TMEM154 genetic variants on lifetime productivity of sheep.

The proposed plan will develop comprehensive phenotyped populations in which the effects of genomic variation can be estimated and selection can be performed to improve animal growth and reproductive performance. This approach will generate genomic technologies to increase production efficiency for release to sheep producers.