The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors announced this week the approval of seven proposals for NSIIC grants in 2020. A total of 24 proposals totaling nearly $2 million were submitted for consideration.
The following grant proposals were approved by the board:
- Development of predator mitigation GPS collars.
- Mitigation of subclinical mastitis during early lactation and effects of subclinical mastitis on milk yield, lamb growth and lamb survival.
- Development and application of genomic breeding values in the Katahdin breed.
- Determining the relationship between growth EBVs, feed intake and feed efficiency in range sheep.
- Automated behavioral detection of mastitis in ewes.
- Wool research and education.
- Evaluation of growth, meat quality and sensory characteristics of wool, hair and wool/hair lambs.
The Center budgeted approximately $300,000 for grants that will support projects designed to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep products in the United States through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development, and market and environmental research.
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