Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

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Identical twins


Western Australia, Identical twins, Experimental research

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The use of identical twins for experimental work in this State could considerably increase our knowledge of animal husbandry in a relatively short space of time. But why identical twins? Why not any twins or for that matter any two animals? You have often heard it said that "It takes all types to make a world" and every dairy farmer knows that this remark applies equally well to any herd of cows. Every animal is different in some way from the others. Some are good producers, others hardly pay for their feed; there are the quiet do-what-you-Iike-to-me cows (usually called Daisy) and the ones with permanent chips on their shoulders whose names we had better leave out. Each one reacts differently to the same feed or method of handling.