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Do shorn lambs grow faster than woolly lambs?

Alliance Group, in conjunction with research partner AbacusBio, has launched New Zealand’s first comprehensive study into whether shorn lambs grow faster than woolly lambs. 

Some farmers believe that shearing lambs destined to be slaughtered can result in increased growth rates but there has been limited research into this area. AbacusBio consultant Hadyn Craig said an earlier small-scale trial on one property showed a marginal benefit of shearing. In this year's trial, five farms in Eastern, Western and Central Southland will take part.

The results of the research are expected to be available later this year.

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