Gordon J Greer

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Currently most pastoral farmers rely on anthelmintic drenches to control gastrointestinal parasitic nematodes in sheep. Resistance to anthelmintics is rapidly increasing in nematode populations such that on some farms none of the drench families are now completely effective. It is well established that host resistance to nematode infection is a moderately(More)
Gastrointestinal nematodes constitute a major cause of morbidity and mortality in grazing ruminants. Individual animals or breeds, however, are known to differ in their resistance to infection. Gene expression profiling allows us to examine large numbers of transcripts simultaneously in order to identify those transcripts that contribute to an animal's(More)
This work investigated effects of carrying 0, 1, or 2 copies of the A allele resulting from the g+6723G-A transition in growth differentiation factor gene (GDF8) in New Zealand Texel-cross sheep at different lamb ages and carcass weights. Two Texel-cross sires carrying 1 copy of the A allele were mated to approximately 200 ewes carrying 0, 1, or 2 copies of(More)
Bone density (BD) is an important factor in osteoporotic fracture risk in humans. However, BD is a complex trait confounded by environmental influences and polygenic inheritance. Sheep provide a potentially useful model for studying differences in BD, as they provide a means of circumventing complex environmental factors and are a similar weight to humans.(More)
The objective of this study was to determine whether differences in mRNA levels of key pituitary genes that regulate GH production, pituitary development, and growth were present and/or associated with divergent body composition phenotypes observed between sheep from genetically divergent lean and fat selection lines. Real-time PCR transcription profiles(More)
This paper reports genetic parameters for lamb survival and mortality traits on sheep farms in New Zealand. Lamb survival and mortality records were obtained from 38 flocks (103,357 lambs) from 5 yr of lambing data (2007 to 2011) and include many breeds and their crosses (predominantly Romney, Perendale, Coopworth, and Texel). A number of models were(More)
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