Serum IgA testing 2020 IgA testing will be provided by Biobest Labs in 2020. The test is priced at £5.50/sample (saliva or serum). Please contact Biobest before samples are dispatched as the test is offered on the basis of prior agreement only. Samples need to be accompanied by the Submission Form. Please send samples to: Biobest Laboratories Ltd6 Charles Darwin HouseThe ...
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New Breeding Evaluations for Hill Sheep
Major changes to the way farmers evaluate the genetic merit of hill sheep are set to make the selection of hill rams easier and more profitable, following the relaunch of Signet's performance recording services for hill sheep producers as part of the Hill Ram Scheme.
Press Release: RamCompare Year 4 Results
Fourth-year results of the RamCompare project reveal how sires with key breeding traits can drive productivity and optimal new sire purchases.
The latest update shows a great spread of rams among the most recent lists of trait leaders. Signet Breeding Manager, Sam Boon, urges breeders to focus on those traits that deliver the greatest profit to their system, and source recorded rams with the right EBVs to deliver them.
Join AHDB and Samuel Boon and Bridget Lloyd for a webinar to reveal the latest RamCompare project results.
The webinar will:
- Explain how the EBV’s currently available to ram buyers can influence the carcase attributes of their progeny
- Demonstrate the financial value of genetic improvement through a series of case studies
- Launch the latest RamCompare results, which lists the leading sires for each trait
- Show ram buyers how they can select and source recorded rams
RamCompare - The Countdown has started...
Press article April 2020
The cancellation of agricultural shows and breeding sales due to the measures and restrictions put in place as a result of the pandemic, has left sheep and cattle producers struggling to source their breeding stock in the usual way. With the new breeding season fast approaching, commercial producers can use Signetdata.com to find breeding stock and local breeders.
Beef Clients Get Access to Carcase Trait EBVs
A new web link on an animal's breeding report, now means beef producers can go directly to the AHDB National Beef Evaluation and see a series of new breeding values. The breeding values were created as part of the Carcase Traits project, which pulls together data from BCMS, Breed Societies and abattoirs to generate EBVs for traits like Carcase Weight, Conformation and Days to Slaughter.
Rates of Genetic Gain Increasing
Genetic gain has markedly increased in the last 5 years according to a recent review of genetic progress within Signet’s sheep breeding programmes. Major improvement has been observed in each of the breed types recorded through Signet; namely the terminal sires, lowland maternal breeds and hill sheep.
Performance Recording during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This article provides advice to breeders on recording their stock in the absence of ultrasound scanning data. New services have been developed to help breeders to supply data and promote livestock that are for sale
Update: 20th May 2020 - Scanning to resume for clients within 125 miles of a Signet Technician.