Journal article

An alternative approach for sustainable sheep meat production: implications for food security

Eric N Ponnampalam, Matthew Knight, Peter J Moate, Joe L Jacobs

JOURNAL OF ANIMAL SCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: A pelleted diet containing camelina hay (CAMH) or camelina meal (CAMM) as a supplement along with a control pellet (CONT) diet formulated with commonly available feeds during summer was used to investigate an alternative pathway for sustainable meat production. Sustainable meat production was based on a simple estimation of income from meat produced versus feed costs if animals were fed for an extended period over summer compared to early slaughter at the beginning of summer. Eighty maternal composite wether lambs (Composite) based on Coopworth genetics and 80 pure Merino wether yearlings were divided into 10 groups within breed (n = 8) using stratified randomisation based on liv..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The financial support for this study was provided by The Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Agriculture Victoria Research), Australia.