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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. ...