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Advances in sheep production and management

Grant number: 18/20723-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 10, 2018
Effective date (End): April 09, 2019
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Animal Husbandry - Animal Production
Principal Investigator:Jane Maria Bertocco Ezequiel
Grantee:Julia Lisboa Rodrigues
Supervisor: Hugh Blair
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil
Research place: Massey University, New Zealand  
Associated to the scholarship:18/04727-6 - Soybean molasses in the diet of lambs: performance, carcass characteristics, dry matter and nutrients intake, BP.IC


Sheep production is present in all continents and has been practiced in Brazil since its colonization. However, the production that stands out most in the world is in New Zealand, where the sheep production system is known worldwide for its high efficiency production. New techniques in genetics, breeding and nutrition are discovered and deployed daily in the country. As Brazil has a great increasing potential in the production of sheep, and has similar environmental characteristics to New Zealand, the learning of these new techniques to improved production efficiency in Brazil can be very interesting. The candidate will participate in activities undertaken Hugh Blair's research group ("Science-based extension for lower North Island sheep and beef farmers"). She will also learn new research techniques, participate conferences, courses and technical visits, discuss and analyze research results with members of Hugh Blair's research group, and prepare a report and research paper for publication. In addition, this experience will give her the opportunity to improve her English skills and will also provide a cultural and social exchange between the Universities (Unesp and Massey University). Finally, the candidate will be able to make a background analysis of the sheep production in New Zealand, with a surveying of all techniques applicable in Brazil in order to propose a methodology to increase the efficiency of sheep production in Brazil. (AU)

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