Sheep farming, whether for meat or wool, has always been an essential component in diversifying farming systems, particularly in exploiting land unsuitable for arable crops. The sector faces a range of challenges in meeting rising demand. There is an ongoing threat both from endemic and more exotic diseases. Consumer expectations about nutritional and sensory quality have never been higher. There is also greater concern about the environmental impact of animal production and animal welfare issues.   Drawing on an international range of expertise, this book reviews research addressing these challenges. The first part of the book addresses quality issues affecting meat, wool and dairy products from sheep. The book then goes on to discuss advances in breeding before reviewing ways of improving sheep nutrition, health and welfare. The collection concludes by assessing the environmental impact of sheep production and ways it can be more
effectively managed.  Achieving sustainable production of sheep will be a standard reference for animal and food scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in supporting sheep farming.

Part 1: Quality Issues 1. Factors Affecting Sheep Carcass Characteristics Nicola M. Schreurs and Paul R. Kenyon, Massey University, New Zealand 2. Animal and On-Farm Factors Affecting Sheep and Lamb Meat Quality Nicola M. Schreurs and Paul R. Kenyon, Massey University, New Zealand 3. Improving Sheep Wool Quality E. K. Doyle, University of New England, Australia 4. Producing Quality Milk From Sheep Sam W. Peterson, Massey University, New Zealand Part 2: Genetics and Breeding 5. Mapping the Sheep Genome Noelle E. Cockett, Utah State University, USA et al 6. Advances in Sheep Breeding Julius van der Werf, School of Environmental Rural Science, University of New England, Australia; and Andrew Swan and Robert Banks, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, University of New England, Australia 7. Improving Reproductive Efficiency of Sheep J. P. C. Greyling, University of the Free State, South Africa Part 3: Animal Nutrition and Health 8. Sustainably Meeting the Nutrient Requirements of Grazing Sheep D. K. Revell, Revell Science and The University of Western Australia, Australia 9. Sheep Nutrition - Formulated Diets M. L Thonney, Cornell University, USA 10. Maintaining Sheep Flock Health - An Overview Neil Sargison, University of Edinburgh, UK 11. Bacterial and Viral Diseases Affecting Sheep Francesca Chianini, Moredun Research Institute, UK 12. Sustainable Control of Gastrointestinal Nematode Parasites Affecting Sheep W. E. Pomroy, Massey University, New Zealand 13. Understanding and Improving Immune Function in Sheep Gary Entrican and Sean Wattegedera, Moredun Research Institute, UK Part 4: Animal Welfare 14. Understanding Sheep Behaviour R. Nowak, INRA/Université de Tours, France 15. Validating Indicators of Sheep Welfare N.J. Beausoleil and D.J. Mellor, Massey University, New Zealand 16. Improving the Welfare of Ewes A. L. Ridler and K. J. Griffiths, Massey University, New Zealand 17. Improving the Welfare of Lambs K. Stafford, Massey University, New Zealand 18. Humane Transport, Lairage and Slaughter of Sheep P. H. Hemsworth and E. C. Jongman, University of Melbourne, Australia Part 5: Sustainability 19. Assessing the Environmental Impact of Sheep Production S. F. Ledgard, AgResearch Ruakura Research Centre, New Zealand 20. Nutritional Strategies to Minimise Emissions From Sheep C. Jamie Newbold, Eli R. Saetnan and Kenton J. Hart, Aberystwyth University, UK