The Project

Impact Lab partner, Rothamsted Research, has initiated individual Feed Conversion Trials with Exlana sheep at the Robert Orr Small Ruminant Facility. The aim is to identify genetics that will allow us to produce more feed efficient sheep with a reduced Carbon footprint.

The trials are sponsored by Devon-based Mole Valley Farmers and also use the state-of the art facilities of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock, which will help identify trait leaders that can be used in future breeding programs.

Use of genetically superior feed efficient livestock is proven to be cost-effective, cumulative and sustainable throughout the livestock industry but is relatively unrecorded in the sheep sector.

Rothamsted's Dr Jordana Rivero-Viera, the Principal Investigator, is confident that the project will help to improve sheep genetics for feed efficiency with reduced carbon footprint, which will improve the long term sustainability of meat production from forage.