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Four Teated Sheep

Alexander Graham Bell (first person to patent the telephone) was one of the first people to record the existence of sheep with extra teats – noting in his flock that initially these animals also tended to be more fertile. Within the UK strains of sheep with four functional teats have also been identified; proving of interest to both farmers and academic. Alun Davies has kindl ...

Utilising Maternal Trait EBVs in Beef Breeding Programmes

Beef bulls have a major impact on the quality of the UK suckler herd as all suckler cows are sired by a beef bull. To improve the efficiency of the national herd it is therefore essential that the bulls used to breed heifer replacements, be it from the suckler herd or the dairy herd, carry the genetics to improve the maternal characteristics of their daughters. SAC have produc ...

New report: The Impact of Generation Interval

Pedigree breeders often ask how they can make faster genetic progress within their flocks. The rate of genetic change achieved within a flock is dependant on three things:• The heritability of the trait• The selection pressure• The generation interval Breeders have little influence on the heritability of the trait, but they can often increase the selection pressure within the ...

Sheep Breed Survey Results Now Available!

The fifth Sheep Breed Survey has been completed in England, Scotland and Wales and gives a unique insight into the industry’s complex breeding structure. The breeding structure of the British sheep industry 2012, which analyses the results of a survey completed by nearly 10,000 wool producers registered with the British Wool Marketing Board, gives an insight into the popul ...