Dr Basil Wolf PhD

Dr Basil Wolf

Senior Lecturer

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I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BSc Agriculture (Hons. Animal Science) in 1976 and followed this with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh where I studied the genetics of growth and carcass composition in lambs. I moved to Aberystwyth in 1981 to teach at the Welsh Agricultural College (now part of IBERS Aberystwyth).


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Animal breeding and include studies of the relationships between lamb conformation and carcass composition, the genetic control of parasite resistance in growing lambs and lactating ewes, factors influencing dystocia in sheep, and genetic variation in animal behaviour and its association with productivity and welfare.



Douglas, J., Worgan, H., Easton, G., Poret, L., Wolf, B., Edwards, A., Davies, E., Ross, D., McEwan, N. 2016. Microbial diversity in the digestive tract of two different breeds of sheep. Journal of Applied Microbiology 120 (5) pp. 1382-1389. 10.1111/jam.13060 Cadair


Hart, E., Brophy, P., Prescott, M., Bartley, D.J., Wolf, B., Hamilton, J.V. 2015. A new enabling proteomics methodology to investigate membrane associated proteins from parasitic nematodes: Case study using ivermectin resistant and ivermectin susceptible isolates of Caenorhabditis elegans and Haemonchus contortus. Veterinary Parasitology 207 (3-4) pp. 266-275. 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.12.003 Cadair


Wolf, B.T., McLean, B.M.L., Davies, O.D., Griffith, J.B. 2014. Performance of purebred Welsh Mountain and crossbred ewes in a hill environment. Livestock Science 165 pp. 181-188. 10.1016/j.livsci.2014.04.007 Cadair

Macfarlane, J.M., Lamb, N.R., Matika, O., Johnson, P.L., Wolf, B.T., Haresign, W., Bishop, S.C., Bunger, L. 2014. Effect of mode of action of the Texel Muscling QTL (TM-QTL) on carcass traits in purebred Texel lambs. Animal 8 (7) pp. 1053-1061. 10.1017/S1751731114001104 Cadair


Hart, E.H., Morphew, R.M., Bartley, D.J., Millares, P., Wolf, B.T., Brophy, P.M., Hamilton, J.V. 2012. The soluble proteome phenotypes of ivermectin resistant and ivermectin susceptible Haemonchus contortus females compared. Veterinary Parasitology 190 (1-2) pp. 104-113. 10.1016/j.vetpar.2012.06.009 Cadair


Wolf, B.T., Molloy, H.R.B., Trayte, M.J., Rose, M.T. 2010. Behaviour of growing lambs housed on straw or woodchip bedding materials and their preference for floor type. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 124 (1-2) pp. 45-50. 10.1016/j.applanim.2010.01.011 Cadair


Macfarlane, J.M., Lambe, N.R., Bishop, S.C., Matika, O., Rius-Vilarrasa, E., McLean, K.A., Haresign, W., Wolf, B.T., McLaren, R.J., Bunger, L. 2009. Effects of a Texel sheep muscling quantitative trait locus on carcass traits in crossbred lambs. Animal 3 (2) pp. 189-199. 10.1017/S175173110800356X Cadair

Wolf, B.T., McLean, B.M.L., Davies, O.D., Griffiths, J.B. 2009. Performance of crossbred Welsh Mountain ewes in the hill environment. Other Cadair


Wolf, B.T., McBride, S., Lewis, R.M., Davies, M.H., Haresign, W. 2008. Estimates of the genetic parameters and repeatability of behavioural traits of sheep in an arena test. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 112 (1-2) pp. 68-80. 10.1016/j.applanim.2007.07.011 Cadair

Wolf, B.T., Rose, M.T. 2008. The effects of the use of straw or woodchip bedding materials on the behaviour of lambs. Report to Hybu Cig Cymru Unknown Publisher Cadair

Wolf, B., Howells, K., Nakielny, C., Lewis, R., Davies, O., Davies, M., Haresign, W. 2008. Genetic parameters for strongyle and Nematodirus faecal egg counts in lambs and their relationships with performance traits. Livestock Science 113 (2-3) pp. 209-217. 10.1016/j.livsci.2007.03.011 Other Cadair


Husain, S., Wolf, B.T., Haresign, W. 2007. Genetic parameters of lamb weights and ultrasonic muscle and fat depths in Beulah Specklefaced sheep. Small Ruminant Research 70 (2-3) pp. 116-123. 10.1016/j.smallrumres.2006.01.011 Cadair

McBride, S.D., Wolf, B.T. 2007. Using multivariate statistical analysis to measure ovine temperament: stability of factor construction over time and between groups of animals. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 103 (1-2) pp. 45–58. 10.1016/j.applanim.2006.04.030 Cadair

Rose, M.T., Wolf, B.T., Haresign, W. 2007. Effect of the level of iodine in the diet of pregnant ewes on the concentration of immunoglobulin G in the plasma of neonatal lambs following the consumption of colostrum. British Journal of Nutrition 97 (2) pp. 315-320. 10.1017/S0007114507337306 Cadair

Jones, D.A., Wolf, B.T. 2007. Inheritance of an in vivo leg conformation score in Texel lambs and its association with growth, ultrasonic measurements and muscularity. Livestock Science 110 (1-2) pp. 133-140. 10.1016/j.livsci.2006.10.012 Cadair


Jones, D.A., Owen, M.G., Wolf, B.T. 2006. In vivo prediction of carcass composition and muscularity in purebred Texel lambs. Meat Science pp. 416-423. 10.1016/j.meatsci.2006.02.019 Cadair


Deane, J.C., Wolf, B.T., Benamou, A.E.M., Dagleish, M.P., Marlin, D.J. 2004. Effects of syringe material and temperature and duration of storage on the stability of equine arterial blood gas variables. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia pp. 250-257. 10.1111/j.1467-2995.2004.00173.x Cadair


Warkup, C.C., Jones, H.E., Young, M.J., Wolf, B.T., Lewis, R.M. 2002. Changes in muscularity with growth and its relationship with other carcass traits in three terminal sire breeds of sheep. Animal Science 74 (2) pp. 265-275. Cadair Other

Young, M.J., Lewis, R.M., Jones, H.E., Wolf, B.T. 2002. The use of X-ray computer tomography for measuring the muscularity of live sheep. Animal Science pp. 387-399. Cadair Other


Bari, F., Khalid, M., Wolf, B.T., Haresign, W., Murray, A., Merrell, B. 2001. The repeatability of superovulatory response and embryo recovery in sheep. Theriogenology 56 (1) pp. 147-155. 10.1016/S0093-691X(01)00550-7 Cadair

Wolf, B.T., Jones, D.A., Owen, M.G. 2001. Carcass composition, conformation and muscularity in Texel lambs of different breeding history, sex and leg shape score. Animal Science 72 (3) pp. 465-475. Cadair Other