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Breeding for Feed Efficiency

The Beef Feed Efficiency Programme (BFEP) launched in 2015 with a major project worth £1.75 million funded by Defra and AHDB Beef and Lamb. Click HERE to read about the main elements of the project and starting a breeding programme for feed efficiency. Anybody interested in recording the genetic merit of their cattle for feed efficiency should contact [email protected] ...

Top prices at Signet Recorded Welsh Mountain Sale September 2017

The Welsh Mountain Breeding Group’s 5th annual sale of Signet recorded rams took place near Aberystwyth last Thursday. The top priced Improved Welsh shearling, bred by E O Williams, Upper Wenallt, Talybont on Usk sold for £2150 to T & C Jones, Gwynfe. Sired by a ram from fellow group members TC & AJ Tyne, Pwllheli, he had an Index of 239, which put him in the top 5% of ...

Beef Feed Efficiency Programme Update

Please find the latest update for the Beef Feed Efficiency Programme. This four-year research project began in 2015, to become a landmark for the knowledge and understanding of beef feed efficiency. The Defra and AHDB-funded programme aims to develop standard recording approaches and create a network of industry embedded recording units.Recording the levels of dry matter intak ...

Simmental Beef EBVs in Action

Simon P. Marsh, Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University – Feb 2017 Click the link to read about the sixth study from Harper Adams comparing progeny performance from bulls with varying indexes. All six studies have shown that progeny from bulls with better figures and reasonably high levels of accuracy, perform better in the commercial herd. Omorga Volvo & Starline De ...

Scanning lambs at younger ages

Samuel Boon, Signet Breeding Services and Janet Roden, Independent Geneticist – October 2016 The use of ultrasound scanning to measure muscle and fat depth in Signet recorded flocks has been one of the great success stories of the last 30 years. The scanning services provides proxy measures for body composition in sheep breeding programmes designed to enhance carcase yield a ...

New EBVs from CT Scanning

For 20 years Computed Tomography (CT) scanning has been used to assess the body composition of sheep, with CT derived information now routinely used within the terminal sire breeding evaluations delivered by Signet Breeding Services. Over 10,000 ram lambs have been CT scanned in this time and the use of elite CT scanned sires for breeding purposes has greatly increased rates of ...

Using Abattoir Data to Create EBVs

New EBVs for Beef Cattle Click the link below to read the final project report for the EBVs from abattoir data project. The project combines real abattoir carcase data and information from other national databases, including BCMS, to create genetic evaluations for actual carcase weight, conformation, fat class and age at slaughter. EBVs have been produced for nearly 3 millio ...

Terminal Sheep Breeds Make Strong Genetic Gains

Substantial gains are being made in genetic progress for terminal sheep populations in the UK Genetic gain in recorded and unrecorded populations has increased dramatically since the initial sire reference scheme began in 1990, as demonstrated by the Terminal Sire Index (Figure 1) for Suffolk and Texel breeds. It is important to recognise that the rate of genetic gain is aroun ...

Guidance Notes for DNA Testing

Click the link to read the latest guidance from AHDB on collection and storage protocols for DNA testing in cattle and sheep. ...

Beef Carcase Traits Project – The Breeds Involved

Beef producers in the UK aim to produce high quality meat as efficiently as possible but ultimately, payments for cattle relate to their carcase weight, conformation and fatness – with producers aiming for an R4L carcase or better on the EUROP grid. To provide commercial producers with better tools to aid bull selection, AHDB Beef & Lamb, AHDB Dairy and HCC funded a resear ...