Wool, meat and lambs - can you have your cake and eat it too?

WITH WOOL prices currently high, there is a temptation to shift flock genetics towards producing more wool, but at what cost does this occur?

Wool, meat and lambs - can you have your cake and eat it too? Wool, meat and lambs - can you have your cake and eat it too? Wool, meat and lambs - can you have your cake and eat it too? Wool, meat and lambs - can you have your cake and eat it too? Wool, meat and lambs - can you have your cake and eat it too?

The available information suggests that Merinos are the breed most likely to suffer lower reproduction as a result of selection for high fleece weight. Image: Jill Griffiths

To answer this question, sheep scientists Dr David Masters and Dr Mark Ferguson conducted an extensive review of previous research into the physiological changes associated with genetic improvement in