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COMBINING HIGH PROLIFICACY AND MEAT QUALITY IN SHEEP PRODUCTION BY INTRODUCING THE FECUNDITY GENE IN DIFFERENT REGIONAL SHEEP PRODUCTIONS RESULTING IN A HIGHER INCOME PER EWE AND LESSER EWE PER SURFACE UNIT

Objective



The project utilizes crossing the FEC gene in less prolific breeds, and local breeds with high carcass quality aiming to realize the combination of high fertility and excellent meat quality. It aims to realize the soluble aim in a multidisciplinary approach (zootechnical, genetic and physiological).
1. Zootechnical will study and compare the characteristics of the reproductive capacity of crossbred ewes;
2. Quality aspects of the carcass composition and meat characteristics of the slaughter lambs; and
3. Physiological aspects of the increased ovulation rate of the FEC gene carrier ewes will be studied.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Address
Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven
Belgium

Participants (4)

DLO
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 501
3700 AM Zeist
FACULTES UNIVERSITAIRES NOTRE-DAME DE LA PAIX
Belgium
Address
Rue De Bruxelles 61
5000 Namur
UNIVERSITÄT LEIPZIG
Germany
Address
Augustusplatz
7010 Leipzig
West of Scotland Agricultural College
United Kingdom
Address
Auchincruive
KA6 5HW Ayr