Duration 4 years Team and Leader Jim McAdam (APSD), Lynne Dawson and Alistair Caron (ARINI) Organisations Involved Animal Plant and Science Division and Agriculture Research Institute of Northern Ireland Background and Summary Current research evaluating the potential of crossbred ewes to improve lamb output and carcass quality in the hill sector has demonstrated significant improvements in prolificacy and lamb output at weaning through the use of Lleyn X Blackface, Swaledale X Blackface and Texel X Blackface ewes relative to purebred Blackface ewes.  However the...

Duration 4 years Team and Leader Dr Lynne Dawson Organisations Involved ARINI, Hillsborough Background and Summary Previous research has demonstrated that crossbred ewes have a role to play in improving output in the hill flock (Carson and Dawson, 2005).. To date results indicate that, relative to purebred Blackface ewes, Lleyn X Blackface ewes have the potential to increase the number of lambs born by 21%, number of lambs reared by 24% and lamb output at weaning by 24%.  Texel X Blackface and Swaledale X Blackface ewes also demonstrated increases in lamb output at weaning by...

Duration  Team and Leader Dr. R. Steen Organisations involved ARINI - C.S. Mayne, D. Patterson, A. Carson, and Economics Research Division Background and Summary Ruminant livestock production is facing major challenges brought about mainly by the difficult economic climate which now pervades. It is our view that while new innovative research programmes are in hand to help farmers produce milk, beef and lamb more profitably the first need is for farmers to be made fully aware of the considerable amount of research information which is already available on lower cost production...

Duration 2 years Team and Leader Dr A Carson Organisations involved AFBI Hillsborough Background and Summary Timescale Benefits Details to follow