Diet affects sheep sex

Research shows that feeding pea silage to ewes increased the likelihood of male lambs being born by 15%.

The study took 300 ewes and split them into two groups. One group was fed grain (high in omega-6) and the other was fed pea silage (high in omega-3).

“After lambing, the lambs were tagged, and we identified a 15% increase in the number of female lambs from sheep fed high omega-6 (grain) compared with those fed high omega-3 (pea silage) diets,” NSW Department of Primary Industries research leader Dr Ed Clayton said.

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