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.


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.


The research team

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