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New Beef Manual: Choosing bulls for Better Returns

A new guide to Beef breeding has been compiled by Alex Brown (Beef Breeding Projects Manager) and Amy Hughes (Knowledge Exchange Manager) covering a wide range of subjects. This guide is a useful tool for anyone that is involved in beef breeding. The guide highlights the importance of breeding in any beef production system and how to select superior animals for breeding. Selec ...

Sheep Breeder's Roundtable - 2019

Sheep Breeder's Roundtable a Huge Success In November, Nottingham played host to the Sheep Breeder's Roundtable; a three day sheep genetics conference attracting over 170 industry delegates including farmers, breeding companies, levy boards, vets and academics from the UK and abroad. The biennial Sheep Breeders Round Table is a collaboration between industry bodies with 2019 ...

Signet database heralds a new era for sheep industry

Signet database heralds a new era for sheep industry

Sheep producers are set to benefit from a new online tool which makes it easier to find the right ram for a production system.

AHDB has invested in a new database and website for Signet Breeding Services which helps commercial and pedigree producers profit from performance gains associated with genetic improvement.

Swaledale Project Update - Nov 2019

North Yorkshire Swaledale Breeders’ Group unveil three year project findings How to improve lamb growth rates, carcase quality and chose rams with traits that meet consumer demand will be showcased at a meeting in Goathland, Whitby on 2 October. Findings from a three year project, formed by the North Yorkshire Moors Swaledale Breeders Group, will also look at how farmers ca ...

Hampshire Down Premier Sale 2019

Saturday 29th June saw the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders Association hold their Premier Sale at Shrewsbury Market with the top five sale prices going to high performance Signet recorded animals who have also excelled in the show ring this year. Lot 48 from Messrs K P & A E McCarthy, a ram lamb who earlier placed third in the untrimmed ram lamb class in the pre-sale show ...

Sandyknowe Suffolk trade soars

Sandyknowe Suffolk trade proves strong demand for commercially reared, high performance rams with 100% clearance, good average price and sale topping at 5,000gns. Established in 1957, the Sandyknowe Suffolk flock consists of over 150 ewes bred in a five family rotation and is owned by Messrs. Malcolm M. Stewart of Roxburghshire, Scotland. The flock is bred specifically to p ...

Value of recording shines through at Kelso

“So often in life we take on systems to help improve something we do and in most cases it’s very hard to gauge just how much of a difference that has made to the end result…. In relation to what we are doing with our Suffolk’s, we can hand on heart say without question that both Signet recording and CT Scanning has played a central role in the success we had in selling at Kelso ...

Webinar: Top Tips for Buying Rams

A New Webinar has been released. Join AHDB’s Signet Breeding Specialist, Emma Steele and Fiona Lovatt from Flock Health Ltd, for a webinar giving you top tips for buying and looking after your rams, along with how to give them a ram MOT and understanding the estimated breeding values (EBV’s). Go to YouTube for more information ...

RamCompare project delivers new Breeding Values for carcase traits

For the first time in the UK, ram breeders will have access to breeding values that focus on traits rewarded further down the supply chain, including primal weights of the loin and haunch and meat tenderness.  

RamCompare Year 3 Results

AHDB news release  New Estimated Breeding Values to help improve results The value of investing in a ram with the right genetic merit for your system has been highlighted in results from the third year of the RamCompare project. The project has identified that commercial producers can identify the most profitable rams for their production system by using Estimated Breeding V ...