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Effect of selection for wool growth on seasonal patterns of yield, fibre diameter, and colour in Romney lines



Effect of selection for wool growth on seasonal patterns of yield, fibre diameter, and colour in Romney lines



Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 35(1): 27-31



Seasonal wool growth and associated wool characteristics were measured in a Romney line selected for high fleece weight and an unselected control line in 1990 and 1991. Both had a significant (P lt 0.01) decline in wool growth rate in winter compared with summer. The wool growth rate advantage (P lt 0.001) of the selected line over the control averaged 19 and 33% for ewes, and 24 and 36% for hoggets, in summer and winter, respectively. Staple strength, yield, and fibre diameter differences were closely associated with wool growth. Colour analysis showed no difference between lines in either brightness (Y) or yellowness (Y-Z). However, both the Y and Z values were lower in spring and summer, while Y-Z was highest in summer. The results suggest that selection for high fleece weight also improves major wool characteristics and reduces the relative winter wool growth decline in Romneys.

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