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North York Moors Swaledale Project completed

In 2017, a group of 6 North Yorkshire Swaledale breeders, with the help of AHDB Beef & Lamb, Signet Breeding Services and Kate Phillips, set out to prove that existing technologies could be used in the hills and uplands to improve the performance of their flocks. This has included genetic evaluation and meat yield assessment. The project has demonstrated that performance r ...

Raburn Hampshire Down flock wins the Kelsey Trophy for most genetic gain

The Raburn flock wins the Kelsey Trophy for the Hampshire Down Flock making the most genetic progress in 2020 The coveted Kelsey Trophy, awarded to the performance recording breeder making the most genetic gain in the year, has gone to Joe and Rachel Henry and their Raburn flock for their 2020 crop of lambs. Using Signet Breeding Services performance recording, the Henry’s wer ...

Breeding for Health and Welfare Traits

Samuel Boon from Signet recently spoke at the SHAWG conference on genetic aspects to consider when breeding for health and welfare traits. The content can be found here, with Sam speaking at around 35 minutes in.  Further videos and webinars are available at here ...

Sheep Breed Survey Launched

Britain’s sheep producers are being encouraged to fill out national breed survey

Sheep producers in Britain are being urged to fill in the national Sheep Breed Survey, which is out this week. Jointly funded by AHDB, QMS and HCC, the national Sheep Breed Survey is an important reference point for researchers, funders and policy makers.

Those registered with British Wool will receive a postal copy, but all other sheep producers are being urged to take part in the survey and can acquire a copy online or by contacting AHDB directly.

Serum IgA testing - 2020

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 ...

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.

Hampshire Down look at new ways to sell rams

Performance recording adds value at Hampshire Down timed auction The Hampshire Down online timed auction sale was a great success, the online sale made the sale accessible to are wider audience which helped to drive demand. EBVs have always been important in assessing the genetic merit of sheep and with the auction being held online, helped to add extra confidence from the buy ...

Ultrasound scanning during Covid19 restrictions - Update 13th July 2020

In the light of changes in Government policy we are taking steps to get staff back onto farms.

We are now able to provide a service, for those clients that wish to use it. Contact your nearest technician for more details

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The JIGSAW of joint ill

Joint ill is one of the lambing challenges that exorcises both seasoned sheep farmers and vets alike.  Sporadic in nature and caused by different combinations of reasons, it is a frustrating disease that a few people will tell you was particularly bad this year.

If you are a UK sheep farmer, regardless of whether you do or do not experience joint ill outbreaks, please do complete this survey https://liverpool.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/joint-ill-risk-factors-survey .

Considerations when scanning

Considerations when scanning Ultrasound scanning is an important service for those breeders wishing to enhance carcase quality through the use of muscle and fat depth EBVs. When planning your scanning visit it is important to consider: The weight of the lambs you want to scan Whether your lambs have been treated with a pour-on blow fly treatment Whether lambs are going t ...