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Dr Lydia Cranston BAppSci (Hons), PhD

Lecturer in Sheep Production Systems

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Completed my PhD (investigating the long-term potential of the Herb and Legume Mix) at Massey in 2014. I am employed at Massey as a lecturer in animal production  within the sheep research centre. My fields of research include sheep production, agronomy and grazing management, farm system modelling.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 86106
    Location: 3.12, Vet tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • PhD plant science - Massey University (2014)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Agronomy, dairy science

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Nutrition (070204): Animal Production (070200): Crop and Pasture Biochemistry and Physiology (070303): Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070305): Crop and Pasture Production (070300)

Keywords

Sheep production. Agronomy and grazing management. Mixed herb pastures containing chicory, plantain, red clover and white clover

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 0
Team Member 1 0

Current Projects

Project Title: Science-based Extension for Lower North Island Sheep and Beef Farmers

This is a 2-year project located at Riverside Farm that develops a new extension model based on high-quality farmer/scientist interaction and farmer-led networking. Building on earlier work by Massey's Farmer Learning Group, the project focuses on the use of perennial summer forages in dryland farming. The reconstituted Farmer Learning Group consists of a cross-College and interdisciplinary team of 12 Massey scientists (drawn from the Institute of Education, IAE and IVABS) working together with some 45 sheep and beef farmers from the eastern Lower North Island. Project leader is Brennon Wood and the team includes a newly-appointed Research Officer, Roxanne Henwood, and one PhD student. The extension programme features 8 day-long, science-based workshops to be held at Riverside, network surveys to collect local knowledge, an industry-sponsored Colloquium and an on-site Field Day.
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Date Range: 2015 - 2017

Funding Body: Ministry for Primary Industries

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Corner-Thomas, RA., Cranston, LM., Kemp, PD., Morris, ST., & Kenyon, PR. (2017). The performance of single-rearing ewes and their lambs offered ryegrass pasture or herb–clover mix during lactation. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. , 1-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kemp, P., Morris, S.
Henwood, R., Wood, B., Sewell, A., Gray, D., Blair, H., Cranston, L., . . . Morris, S. (2017). Engaging with individuality in agricultural learning: a sociocultural study of innovation in a farmer-scientist community. Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal. 13(2), 76-85 Retrieved from http://www.apen.org.au/rural-extension-and-innovation-systems-journal
[Journal article]Authored by: Blair, H., Corner-Thomas, R., Cranston, L., Gray, D., Hartnett, M., Kenyon, P., Morris, S., Sewell, A., Wood, B.
Kaufononga, S., Donaghy, DJ., Hendriks, SJ., Matthew, C., Kemp, PD., & Cranston, LM. (2017). Comparative response of tall fescue and perennial ryegrass swards to variation in defoliation interval and height. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 60(4), 363-375
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Donaghy, D., Kemp, P., Matthew, C.
Hendriks, SJ., Donaghy, DJ., Cranston, LM., Edwards, GR., & Chapman, DF. (2017). Perennial ryegrass breeding and the scaling issue: A review of system experiments investigating milk production and profit differences among cultivars. Animal Production Science. 57(7), 1289-1296
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Donaghy, D.
Cranston, LM. (2017). Herb clover mixes for New Zealand sheep and cattle grazing systems. Livestock. 22(2), 2-5
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L.
Cranston, LM., Kenyon, PR., Corner-Thomas, RA., & Morris, ST. (2017). The potential interaction between ewe body condition score and nutrition during very late pregnancy and lactation on the performance of twin-bearing ewes and their lambs. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences. 30(9), 1270-1277
[Journal article]Authored by: Corner-Thomas, R., Cranston, L., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.
Phillips, HM., Cranston, LM., Kemp, PD., & Donaghy, DJ. (2016). Natural seedling recruitment of Plantago lanceolata cv. ‘Ceres Tonic’ in an established sward. Agro Sur. 44(2), 3-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Donaghy, D., Kemp, P.
Cranston, LM., Corner-Thomas, RA., Kenyon, PR., & Morris, ST. (2016). Growth of early weaned lambs on a plantain-clover mix compared with lambs suckling their dam on a plantain-clover mix or a grass based sward. Proceeding of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production. 76, 65-68
[Journal article]Authored by: Corner-Thomas, R., Cranston, L., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.
Cranston, LM., Kenyon, PR., Morris, ST., Lopez-Villalobos, N., & Kemp, PD. (2016). Morphological and Physiological Responses of Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and Chicory (Cichorium intybus) to Water Stress and Defoliation Frequency. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 202(1), 13-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kemp, P., Kenyon, P., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Morris, S.
Cranston, LM., Kenyon, PR., Morris, ST., Lopez-Villalobos, N., & Kemp, PD. (2015). Effect of post-grazing height on the productivity, population and morphology of a herb and legume mix. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 58(4), 397-411
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kemp, P., Kenyon, P., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Morris, S.
Cave, LM., Kenyon, PR., Morris, ST., Lopez-Villalobos, N., & Kemp, PD. (2015). Ewe lamb diet selection on plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and on a herb and legume mix, including plantain, chicory (Cichorium intybus), red clover (Trifolium pratense) and white clover (Trifolium repens). Animal Production Science. 55(4), 515-525
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kemp, P., Kenyon, P., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Morris, S.
Cave, LM., Kenyon, PR., & Morris, ST. (2012). Effect of timing of exposure to vasectomised rams and ewe lamb body condition score on the breeding performance of ewe lambs. Animal Production Science. 52(7), 471-477
[Journal article]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.

Book

Kenyon, PR., & Cranston, LM. (2017). Nutritional Management. In DM. Ferguson, C. Lee, & A. Fisher (Eds.) Advances in sheep welfare. (pp. 153 - 170). United Kingdom: Elsevier
[Chapter]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kenyon, P.
Ridler, AL., Greer, AW., Kenyon, PR., & Cranston, LM. (2017). Sheep production. In K. Stafford (Ed.) Livestock production in New Zealand. (pp. 84 - 123). : Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kenyon, P., Ridler, A.Edited by: Stafford, K.

Thesis

Cranston, L. (2014). Chicory (Cichorium intybus) and plantain (Plantago lanceolata); physiological and morphological responses to water stress, defoliation, and grazing preference with implications for the management of the Herb and Legume Mix. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Cranston, L.Edited by: Kemp, P., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.

Report

Wood, BA., Sewell, A., Henwood,, R., Gray, D., Hartnett, M., Corner-Thomas, R., . . . Morris, S. (2017). Enabling Farmer Learning: Educational Principles for Innovation in Agricultural Extension.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Blair, H., Corner-Thomas, R., Cranston, L., Gray, D., Hartnett, M., Kemp, P., Kenyon, P., Morris, S., Sewell, A., Wood, B.

Conference

Henwood,, R., Wood, BA., Sewell, A., Gray, D., Blair, H., Cranston, L., . . . Morris, S. (2017). Engaging with individuality in agricultural learning: A sociocultural study of innovation in a farmer-scientist community. PLACEHOLDER Rural Extension & Innovation Systems Journal.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Blair, H., Corner-Thomas, R., Cranston, L., Gray, D., Hartnett, M., Kemp, P., Morris, S., Sewell, A., Wood, B.
Ekanayake, WEMLJ., Corner-Thomas, RA., Cranston, LM., Kenyon, PR., & Morris, ST. (2017). The effect of live weight at weaning on liveweight gain of ealy weaned lambs onto a herb-clover mixed sward. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production. Vol. 77 (pp. 37 - 42). : New Zealand society of animal production
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Corner-Thomas, R., Cranston, L., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.
Ramsay, BA., Schoorl, JAJ., Stayton, KM., Cranston, LM., Morris, ST., Burnham, DL., . . . Hickson, RE. (2017). The effect of yeard weaning and contact with humans on behavioural reactivity and liveweight gain of beef breed calves. Proceddings of the New Zealand society of Animal Production. Vol. 77 (pp. 8 - 12). : New Zealand society of Animal Production
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Cockrem, J., Cranston, L., Hickson, R.
Pettigrew, EJ., Hickson, RE., Corner-Thomas, RA., Lee, RL., Bagley, D., Pickering, NK., . . . Blair, HT. (2016). Can farmers select good rams based on phenotype?. In Australian Society of Animal Production, Australian Society of Animal Production
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Blair, H., Corner-Thomas, R., Cranston, L., Griffiths, K., Hickson, R., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.
Cranston, LM., Kenyon, PR., Morris, ST., & Kemp, PD. (2015, November). A review of the use of chicory, plantain, red clover and white clover in a sward mix for increased sheep and beef production. Presented at New Zealand Grasslands. Masterton.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kemp, P., Kenyon, P.
Cranston, LM., Kenyon, PR., Morris, ST., & Kemp, PD. (2015). A review of the use of chicory plantain red clover and white clover in a sward mix for increased sheep and beef production. Journal of New Zealand Grasslands. Vol. 77 (pp. 89 - 94). : New Zealand Grasslands
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.
Kemp, PD., Cranston, LM., & Corner, R.(2015). Integration of herb pastures into farming systems in New Zealand. . Puerto Varas, Chile
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kemp, P.
Cranston, L., Kemp, PD., Kenyon, PR., & Morris, ST. (2013). Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) outperforms chicory (cichorium intybus) under moisture stress in glasshouse. Poster session presented at the meeting of 22nd International Grassland Congress
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Cranston, L., Kenyon, P., Morris, S.

Other

Cranston, LM. (2015, November). The New Zealand sheep and beef industry.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cranston, L.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 3 0

Teaching

Animal production. Farm systems.

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Heidi Jack - PhD
    Improving the process of forage pelletization to regulate feed quality in small ruminant production systems in the Caribbean
  • Lydia Farrell - PhD
    Bio-economic modelling of New Zealand sheep farming systems
  • Jay Weerasekara Ekanayake M - PhD
    The impact of early weaning on lamb growth an development

Media and Links

Media

  • 22 Dec 2014 - Television
    Grass is greener with new pasture mix
    TV news report on my research
  • 16 Dec 2014 - Newspaper
    Chicory, plantain best bet for drought conditions
    Article on my research work in the Manawatu Standard
  • 01 Jul 2016 - Community Service
    luisettiseeds.co.nz newsletter
    Was asked to write an an article for inclulsion in their newsletter
  • 01 Feb 2016 - Newspaper
    Herb and clover mix merits debated
    Article re my workshop series at NZ grasslands. Within life after ryegrass article of country wide magazine
  • 01 Dec 2015 - Newspaper
    Clover and Clover Again
    A write up on the benefits, use and issues and solutions for using plantain and clover mixes

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