Data to identify key drivers of animal growth and carcass quality for temperate lowland sheep production systems

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Jones, A. G., Fleming, H., Griffith, B. A., Takahashi, T., Lee, M. R. F. and Harris, P. 2021. Data to identify key drivers of animal growth and carcass quality for temperate lowland sheep production systems. Data in Brief. 35, p. 106977. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2021.106977

AuthorsJones, A. G., Fleming, H., Griffith, B. A., Takahashi, T., Lee, M. R. F. and Harris, P.
Abstract

With the growing demand for animal-sourced foods and a serious concern over climate impacts associated with livestock farming, the sheep industry worldwide faces the formidable challenge of increasing the overall product supply while improving its resource use efficiency. As an evidence base for research to identify key drivers behind animal growth and carcass quality, longitudinal matched data of 741 ewes and 2978 lambs were collected at the North Wyke Farm Platform, a farm-scale grazing trial in Devon, UK, between 2011 and 2019. A subset of these data was subsequently analysed in a study to assess the feasibility of using a lamb's early-life liveweight as a predictor of carcass quality. The data also have the potential to offer insight into key performance indicators (KPIs) for the sheep industry, or what variables farmers should measure and target to increase profitability.

KeywordsFarm management; Grazing livestock; Liveweight; Condition score; Conformation score; Fat class; Lamb; Ewe
Year of Publication2021
JournalData in Brief
Journal citation35, p. 106977
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2021.106977
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Funder project or codeThe North Wyke Farm Platform- National Capability [2017-22]
S2N - Soil to Nutrition - Work package 2 (WP2) - Adaptive management systems for improved efficiency and nutritional quality
System-wide evaluation of pasture-based sheep production: impact and value
Publisher's version
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright license
CC BY 4.0
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online18 Mar 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted15 Mar 2021
PublisherElsevier
ISSN2352-3409

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