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Ovine Observer is a quarterly newsletter on issues relating to sheep production and research. It features articles written by DAFWA researchers and industry leaders. Online subscription to Ovine Observer is free.

Ovine Observer March 2020 Issue #88

This issue includes articles on:

Measuring the fat depth of lambs with microwave technology

American, Chinese and Australian consumers are on the same page when scoring lamb eating quality

Feeding unsalable carrots in total-mixed rations for lambs

Ovine Observer Issue number 87 January 2020

This edition includes articles on:

Pregnancy Scanning Benchmarks Tool

Using non-invasive microwave to measure fat depth on lamb carcasses

Stress and reproductive hormones are imprinted in sheep wool

Have you seen sub clover red leaf syndrome in your pastures?


Ovine Observer May 2019

This edition includes articles on:

Ovine Observer survey results
Factors important to the adoption of mobile applications for agriculture
Consumer overall liking scores of new season and old season lamb varies across cuts
Reproductive wastage in young ewes

Ovine Observer January 2019

This edition includes articles on:
WA Sheep producer survey results for 2018
Lamb survival initiative results for 2017
Dry ageing sheep meat for a premium product
How important is odour in attracting blowflies?
South West Western Australia Sheep density

Ovine Observer October 2018 Issue #84

This edition includes articles on:
Breech strike genetics
Southern WA reproductive rates based on pregnancy scanning
Best practices for control of winter scour worms in prime lambs in Western Australia
Liveweight profile during the reproductive cycle influences carryover...

Ovine Observer Issue #83

This edition includes articles on grazing cereal crops during a tough break to the season, Southern WA reproductive rates based on pregnancy scanning, ​the minimal palatability difference from grain versus grass fed lambs and oxygen levels needed to keep meat red in modified...

Ovine Observer March 2018 #82

This edition includes articles on whether to shear or not shear in winter, the rise in popularity of ASBVs, an overview of the Merino lifetime productivity project and whether 'aunts' interfere in large lambing mobs.

Ovine Observer January 2018 #81

This edition includes articles on comparing the 2015 & 2016 Lamb Survival Initiative, a look at the difference between a value and supply chain, DNA flock profiles working to grow confidence in ASBVs and pedigree sensor technology.

Ovine Observer September 2017 #80

This edition includes articles on the results of the 2016 Lamb Survival Initiative, the potential for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry to predict lamb age, predicting lamb composition from carcase weight and tissue depth and whether wormy sheep get worried.

Ovine Observer June 2017 #79

This edition includes articles on the autumn stocktake on the Katanning resource flocks, cultural preferences for intramuscular fat in sheepmeat, opportunities for sheep enterprise expansion and a study on low growth Merino lambs mobilising more fat during feed deprivation.

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