Easy care sheep - Easy care sheep, developed by AgResearch, have been selectively bred to be more productive and less labour-intensive for farmers. This focus story reveals more about these sheep and why they were developed.
Sheep breeding and biodiversity - Dr David Scobie explains how the wide range of sheep genotypes and breeds in New Zealand make it unlikely that sheep biodiversity will be affected by breeding easy care sheep traits onto existing breeds.
Selective breeding, cloning and GM - Easy care sheep have been developed using selective breeding. Here, Dr David Scobie of AgResearch compares this traditional breeding method with the more modern cloning and genetic modification methods.
Selectively breeding an enzyme - Evolution in the lab is called directed evolution, because it focuses on one gene. David Ackerley of Victoria University, Wellington, describes the process of directed evolution and compares it to selective breeding.
Breeding easy care sheep - Easy care sheep developed by AgResearch were produced using selective breeding. Find out more about selective breeding and why scientists use this method to breed the easy care traits.