CURRENT PROJECTS
PROJECT # R12-4 – Does Pelleting Lamb Feed Improve Efficiency Cost Effectively?  

Applicant: Paul Luimes, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

Timeline: December 2012 – August 2014

Objective: To determine the effects of pelleting feed vs. textured feed on growth rate, efficiency of feed use, carcass characteristics, meat quality and feed cost per pound of gain. A second objective is to determine whether the effects of pelleting are consistent across two diverse rations (with and without DDGS). 


PROJECT # R12-3 - Seasonally Anestrous Ewes Bred to a Novel Estrus Synchronization Protocol for Timed AI

Applicant: David Barrett, Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Timeline: January 2013 – December 2014

Objective: To examine a novel synchronization breeding protocol for sheep. Test the efficacy of the synchronization protocol for timed AI.


PROJECT # R12-1 - Effect of Targeted Selective Deworming at Lambing on Haemonchus burdens on Ontario sheep farms with anthelmintic resistance

Applicant: Andrew Peregrine, University of Guelph

Timeline: May 2012 – April 2015

Objective: To determine the efficacy of closantel against ivermectin- and fenbendazole-resistant Haemonchus in sheep. Also, to determine if selective treatment of ewes at lambing with closantel has the same impact on farm parasite burdens as whole flock treatment with closantel at that time.


NEW PROJECT # OFIP 0063 - Preliminary Investigation into Ewe Feed Efficiency

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: October 2013 – August 2015

Objective: To give shepherds information on feed use and efficiency of ewe of varying mature body size. Shepherds need to know what impact breeding for small, medium or large fram ewes has on overall farm feed use and efficiency.


PROJECT # OFIP 0007- Maedi-Visna in Sheep and Potential Interaction with Mycobacterium avium spp. Paratuberculosis (MAP)

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: September 2013 – September 2015

Objective: This project will investigate the prevalence of Maedi Visna Virus(MVV) and MAP co-infection in Ontario sheep flocks, and will investigate how MMV and MAP infection and co-infection alters the host immue response.

Report:
Immune Responses to Maedi-Visna Infection

Articles:

Understanding Maedi-Visna
Identifying Infection, Improving Flock Health and Increasing Profits


NEW PROJECT # GF2 0011 - Development of Master Shepherd Program

Applicant: Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Timeline: November 2013 – October 2015

Objective: Develop a Master Shepherd Education Program for commercially-minded lamb producers wishing to expand their production and business management skill base. The project scope will include the development of the educational material and the initial delivery (pilot).