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Busy times on campus as dozens of visitors stay for study periods

AUTUMN is just around the corner and the store lamb and calf sales are in full swing. All the lambs on our Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms have now been weaned, with some kept for fattening in the shed here at Kirkton while others have gone to Oatridge, near Edinburgh. The lambs are looking well, in spite of the wet summer and the first batch will be ready to go to the abattoir very soon. We have also been busy checking our ewes to decide which ones to keep on for breeding next year (stock draw time). We have been checking their weight, condition, teeth and udders, to name a few. Ping Zhou, our PhD student who is looking at the differences between the Scottish blackface and the Lleyn ewes, has been busy measuring the pelvic dimensions of each individual ewe. It took us two days to measure them all with a calliper. Ping is looking to see whether there is any connection between these measurements and lambing difficulties/mortality at lambing time.

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