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Value of recording shines through at Kelso

“So often in life we take on systems to help improve something we do and in most cases it’s very hard to gauge just how much of a difference that has made to the end result…. In relation to what we are doing with our Suffolk’s, we can hand on heart say without question that both Signet recording and CT Scanning has played a central role in the success we had in selling at Kelso ...

Webinar: Top Tips for Buying Rams

A New Webinar has been released. Join AHDB’s Signet Breeding Specialist, Emma Steele and Fiona Lovatt from Flock Health Ltd, for a webinar giving you top tips for buying and looking after your rams, along with how to give them a ram MOT and understanding the estimated breeding values (EBV’s). Go to YouTube for more information ...

RamCompare project delivers new Breeding Values for carcase traits

For the first time in the UK, ram breeders will have access to breeding values that focus on traits rewarded further down the supply chain, including primal weights of the loin and haunch and meat tenderness.  

RamCompare Year 3 Results

AHDB news release  New Estimated Breeding Values to help improve results The value of investing in a ram with the right genetic merit for your system has been highlighted in results from the third year of the RamCompare project. The project has identified that commercial producers can identify the most profitable rams for their production system by using Estimated Breeding V ...

Centurion Group Sale Report – April 2019

Monday 8th April saw the first ram sale of 2019 at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on behalf of The Centurion Group of Dorset Breeders. The sale offered 32 MV accredited, Signet recorded Dorset breeding ewes and rams. The sale was preceded by the “Selection Day event” when the best ram presented is chosen by secret ballot. It used to be that this ram was then “bought” as the Group ...

Dorset May Fair – May 2019

Performance recorded rams claimed an extra 230gns per head over their unrecorded counterparts at the Exeter May Fair event, 7th- 8th May 2019. 103 rams sold to a sale average of 734gns. 30% of rams sold were Signet performance recorded and sold to an average of 898gns, whilst unrecorded rams sold to an average of 663gns. Top price of the day went to lot 67, an unrecorded ra ...

Signet’s new genetic analysis: The National Terminal Sire Evaluation

In 2019, Signet will relaunch the genetic evaluation service provided for terminal sire breeds. Signet has spent the end of 2018 introducing the new analysis to terminal sire clients with a series of 16 breeder meetings held across the UK and hosted a public ‘Webinar’ shortly before Christmas. The new service will deliver AHDB-funded research through a multi-breed evaluation, ...

New breeding tools will help beef farmers boost profits

Five new Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) have been developed to help farmers improve profits by producing more animals that meet target specification. AHDB Beef & Lamb has developed the EBVs in conjunction with Scotland’s Rural College and Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales and these are now being released as the AHDB National Beef Evaluations. The five new EBVs are: ...

RamCompare project delivers new Breeding Values for carcase traits

For the first time in the UK, ram breeders will have breeding values that focus on traits rewarded further down the supply chain, including the primal weights of the loin and haunch and also meat tenderness. RamCompare is the UK’s commercial progeny test for terminal sire breeds. The project has assessed 138 rams from 9 different breeds over the last 3 years, collecting record ...

BRIDFA legacy to boost sheep breeders

Welsh pedigree Suffolk sheep breeders can now apply for a share of funding to boost the genetics of their flocks, thanks to the foresight of a group of pioneering breeders thirty years ago. BRIDFA was a group-breeding programme established in 1990 by a group of progressive Suffolk breeders to advance genetic gain within their flocks. The BRIDFA flock produced by this initiativ ...