Variation in individual feed intake profiles recorded in group-housed lambs

HM Wishart*, NR Lambe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Information on feed intake is valuable for feed trials and research on feed efficiency and genetics. Current methods to collect intake information either require individual housing of sheep or group based data collection. Neither
method is ideal for determining individual intake for a large number of sheep. Feed efficiency is known to vary between individuals with a 20% difference in intake reported between sheep with the same level of growth (Johnson et al., 2015). New feed intake monitoring equipment (FIME) has been developed that uses the sheep RFID number stored in their ear tag to record individual intake at specially designed feed bins and crates. This abstract presents results from a UK pilot trial exploring the possibility of using this technology to collect individual intake data and identify variation between animals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Animal Biosciences
Subtitle of host publicationAnimal Science Fit for the Future
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic) ISSN: 2040-4700
Publication statusPrint publication - 9 Apr 2019
EventBritish Society of Animal Science Annual Conference: Animal Science Fit for the Future - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Apr 201911 Apr 2019
Conference number: 75


ConferenceBritish Society of Animal Science Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleBSAS
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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