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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 ...

Ewe Mature Weight and Body Condition Score

Only a few maternal breeding programmes are selecting to optimise ewe efficiency by taking into account input costs over the ewe’s lifetime. Measurements of ewe mature size are needed if we are to create breeding values and breeding indexes that enable the selection of more efficient ewes. Modern approaches to electronic data capture enable producers to weigh ewes on a more reg ...

Support “Seek the Standard” over the coming season

The ‘Seek the Standard’ campaign has already taken off for the 2018 ram sale season with top genetic merit stock sporting our range of identifiers at premier breed sales across the country. As we approach many of the main commercial sales, it’s time to think about the sales you have entered and how you’re going to market breeding stock to stand out against the crowd. Gold-plus ...

New ‘Gold Plus’ top 5% identifier for Seek the Standard

Gold plus means top rams and more profit this sale season. A new gold plus identifier has been introduced to help ram buyers identify top stock with the most productive genetics which could improve their profitability. The new identifier was created following the success of Signet Breeding Services’ ‘Seek the Standard’ campaign in 2017, and indicates rams in the top 5 per cen ...

CT and Carcase Trait Updates

The introduction of nine new CT traits and changes to how carcase traits are adjusted within the coming year will give terminal sire breeders enhanced tools to select the best stock. Could these new traits be included in the combined breed genetic evaluation? How would adjusting carcase traits for live weight, rather than age effect rates of genetic gain? See the report produc ...

RamCompare – Press Release 10 Jan 2018

RamCompare project open for pedigree nominations Pedigree breeders have the opportunity to receive valuable information on their sires’ progeny by nominating rams and semen for use in the RamCompare project. Animals which are involved in the project now have new estimated breeding values (EBVs) available covering carcase weight, fat and conformation. These EBVs can be used wh ...