Research on Keebles Farm

The main focus of research on Keebles Farm is in sheep and beef. Below are some examples of research taking place on the farm. Note this project work often takes place on multiple farms including Keebles.


Maximising multiple ewe-bearing performance

A series of studies have been undertaken to identify optimal feeding regimens for multiple-bearing (twin- and triplet-bearing) ewes in both pregnancy and lactation to maximise outcomes for the ewe and her lambs.

SUMMER GROWTH RATES

The weak point in the bull rearing and finishing system is the period immediately post-weaning.

This project aims to investigate alternative feeds so that growth rates of 1 kg/day can be achieved.

This project is funded by the Blake family.

Developmental programming in sheep

Co-funded by Gravida, this long-term research project is looking at the adaptation of various bodily systems, metabolic and physiological process in offspring after stresses in-utero or in the neonatal period.  To date investigations have included maternal pregnancy nutrition, maternal physical size, maternal age/maternity and fetal number.


Scientist-in-residence

  • Prof Stephen Morris

    Prof Stephen Morris

    Professor in Animal Science - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

The research team

  • Dr Penny Back

    Dr Penny Back

    Senior Lecturer in Dairy Production - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

  • Prof Hugh Blair

    Prof Hugh Blair

    Professor - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

  • Dr Rene Corner-Thomas

    Dr Rene Corner-Thomas

    Lecturer - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

  • Dr Lydia Cranston

    Dr Lydia Cranston

    Lecturer in Sheep Production Systems - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

  • Dr Rao Dukkipati

    Dr Rao Dukkipati

    Senior Lecturer in Animal Breeding and Genetics - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

  • Associate Professor Rebecca Hickson

    Associate Professor Rebecca Hickson

    Associate Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

  • Prof Paul Kenyon

    Prof Paul Kenyon

    Head of Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

  • Dr Sarah Pain

    Dr Sarah Pain

    Senior Lecturer - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

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