A project to assess small ruminant management practices has seen staff at Bristol vet school announced as recipients in the second funding round of The Moredun Foundation Scholarship Scheme for 2013.

A project to assess small ruminant management practices has seen staff at Bristol vet school announced as recipients in the second funding round of The Moredun Foundation Scholarship Scheme for 2013.

ClareLaunched at the end of 2011, the scholarship scheme aims to support and encourage innovative and diverse projects that could benefit the UK livestock industry.

Moredun praised the “high quality and diverse” scholarship applications from farmers, vets, students and researchers across the UK. Impressed by their ideas and the potential benefits of the projects, the selection panel for the 2013 awards agreed to fund the following four scholarships:

  • A project to investigate lameness of dairy ewes,  in particular its impact on peformance and the influence of the dairy situation (William Hyde, sheep dairy farmer).
  • MargitA survey to assess farmer knowledge of the causes of poor condition in adult ewes (Dr Catherine Nakielny, independent sheep consultant).
  • A project to assess the sustainable low-input small ruminant management practices employed in Greece and their potential application by UK sheep and goat producers (Dr Clare Phythian and Margit Groenevelt, University of Bristol Veterinary School).
  • A project to evaluate the establishment of mixed swards, including their role as natural anthelmintics and their contribution to rumen function and performance (Michael Blanche, farmer and agricultural consultant).

 
Moredun believes that these diverse projects will broaden the applicants’ education and experience in areas relating to livestock health and welfare and the agricultural industry. All four projects are currently underway.

Applications for the 2014 scholarship scheme will open soon. Visit www.moredun.org.uk/scholarship for the latest information.

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