Catch up now on the recent webinar where Laura Eyles, Signet Breeding Services was joined by Dr Nóirín McHugh from Teagasc as she talks about projects in Ireland that have set out to measure methane emissions in Irish sheep flocks. She will explain why this work is important and what impact it is expected to have. Hear how selective breeding can be used to reduce methane emissions in the national flock and why genetic solutions are so important in enhancing this aspect of sheep production.
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New EBVs to improve maternal efficiency and productivity
With farmers facing ongoing uncertainties including changes to basic payments and increased pressure to reduce carbon emissions, many suckler farmers are investigating ways to improve the efficiency of their cattle enterprises. Could AHDB's new maternal breed evaluations be the answer? Dr Alex Brown, AHDB's Senior Beef Breeding & Genetics Manager, explains more.
Signet Scanning Session at John Lewis’s Holm Place Herd – 9:30-11:30 on Friday 18th November 2022
John Lewis has kindly agreed that anyone with an interest in Sussex recording is welcome to drop in for a chat during his scanning session later this month.
British Cattle Breeders Club Conference
BCBC are pleased to announce the full programme for the 75th Anniversary conference is now available, and bookings are now being taken. Take advantage of the Early Bird booking discounts and our Group Booking discounts, please see the programme for full details. The theme of the conference is ‘Challenging Traditions’ with a programme designed to challenge thinking and promote discussion around how the industry can compete in the global marketplace. The 2023 conference marks a return to the in-person format for will be held at Telford Hotel and Golf Resort, Shropshire, from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th January 2023.
Autumn sales continue to see Signet performance recorded sheep top the trade
Performance recorded sheep continue to achieve top prices at recent sales across the country.
The role of Computed Technology when making breeding decisions,
Utilising technology to make informed breeding decisions and identify animals with superior muscle across the carcase can increase carcase yield and the profitability of sheep enterprises. Laura Eyles, Senior Signet Breeding Specialist, explains how levy funded research and investment in the late 1990’s has allowed this world leading technology to be used within our sheep industry.
RamCompare update October 2022
We have had a busy summer collecting data from our nine commercial farms involved with RamCompare this season and it has been fun getting to know how our new farms operate as we have worked alongside them collecting 8-week weight and 12-week weight /ultrasound scanning data from their lambs. This season we are collecting data from over 5,600 lambs, from around 95 different sires. Mating plans have been confirmed and many rams now through the quarantine and being put out with ewes.
New Weight Recording Initiative for Lincoln Red Breeders
The Lincoln Red Cattle Society have recently announced their intention to provide all their members with free access to Signet’s services. As part of this new initiative with Signet, the Lincoln Red Cattle Society will fund the recording costs of any paid up Society member; effectively removing the financial barrier that may have previously limited smaller herds from engaging in weight recording.
Webinar - Breeding sheep to reduce methane emissions
Join Dr Nóirín McHugh from Teagasc as she talks about projects in Ireland that have set out to measure methane emissions in Irish sheep flocks. Together with Samuel Boon from AHDB they will discuss how selective breeding can be used to reduce methane emissions in the national flock and why genetic solutions are so important in enhancing this aspect of sheep production.
AHDB funded places at this years SBRT
AHDB are offering up to 10 fully funded places (worth over £320/person) to English Levy Payers for this year’s Sheep Breeders Round Table (SBRT) to be held on Friday 11 - Sunday 13 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, Nottinghamshire.