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Project No: AP10/1/3

Title: Maintenance of two Merino herds as resource herds for research and reference herds for a biological bank for Merino sheep in South Africa
Project Leader: W.J. Olivier Starting date: January 2009
Partners: Closing date: Indefinite
 
Objectives: * To maintain the current Merino herds at Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute and Cradock Experimental Station
* To increase the number of ewes in each herd to 400
* To collect production and reproduction data on all animals in the participating herds
* To store blood samples and extracted DNA samples of all animals
* To create and maintain a database with all relevant genetic, production and reproduction data
* To make these resources available for qualifying researchers in South Africa for genomic and other research studies or projects
* To make animals available for student and farmer training
* To supply the Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture Livestock Improvement Program with genetic material to improve wool production in the communal areas.
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