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Characterising the nutritional qualities of mutton for working dogs

This project aims to address the current poor level of understanding and provision of advice of the nutritional value of typical farm and commercial diets from rural professionals. This will be achieved by investigating the nutritional composition of commonly fed mutton pieces from different conditioned ewes then adding this to the large data set on the type and quantity of feed that was collected from 106 dogs from 22 farms in 2017 as part of a previous working dog centre funded study.

Using the nutritional information in conjunction with photos of the mutton pieces and other feeds, a feeding investigation and information toolkit will be developed for rural professionals. This will enable them to confidently investigate the current feeding and energy expenditure for dogs on the farm and provide quality advice around the benefits and limitations of various diets.

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