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Using Saliva IgA to select sheep genetically resistant to parasites

Using Saliva IgA to select sheep genetically resistant to parasites Gastro-intestinal roundworm infection can have a significant impact on lamb production and the ability to select sheep that are more genetically resistance to roundworms is a useful tool to combat this health challenge. For several years, breeders have selected breeding animals on the basis of their low fae ...

Beef Carcase Traits Project – Update Dec 2017

Work to convert AHDB and HCC funded research for abattoir derived carcase information into EBVs for beef and dairy cattle took another step closer this month, with the receipt of a new set of breeding values as part of on-going research. The striking part of this work is the sheer number of cattle that are now included in this multi-breed analysis, with over 65,000 sires with ...

Romney High-Index Scheme: iSAGE Project November 2017

The Romney High-Index Scheme (RHIS) members have been involved with an EU project looking at parasitic phenotypes on new and introduced sheep breeds. The project has been part funded by Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe (iSAGE) and AHDB Beef & Lamb. It has led to the first widespread collection of individual faecal egg counts (FEC) and saliva I ...

Beef Feed Efficiency Programme expands across Great Britain – October 2017

Reducing feed costs can make a big difference to the bottom line of all beef businesses. Enabling farmers to do that without affecting performance is the aim of the Defra and AHDB-funded Beef Feed Efficiency Programme. So far, feed intake records from 1,200 cattle have been collected which will be used to identify the genetic differences between the sires of those animals in t ...

First RamCompare results announced at sheep conference

Three new estimated breeding values (EBVs) have been generated as a result of a major industry sheep breeding initiative which will help commercial producers to select rams which have the best potential to produce progeny that are more likely to meet market specification. Preliminary results from the RamCompare project were released to the industry at the Sheep Breeders’ Round ...

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 ...