Eating less does not mean more productivity

SELECTING SHEEP that consume less feed seems logical – common sense suggests if they eat less, surely they’ll cost less to feed and be more productive.

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Professor Wayne Pitchford says feed intake varies greatly in sheep and cattle when feed is abundant, but hardly varies at all when feed is limited. Photo courtesy Wayne Pitchford

Professor Wayne Pitchford, University of Adelaide, said that's what he thought for 20 years, but his recent research has turned that idea on its head.