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Rates of Genetic Gain Increasing

Genetic gain has markedly increased in the last 5 years according to a recent review of genetic progress within Signet’s sheep breeding programmes. Major improvement has been observed in each of the breed types recorded through Signet; namely the terminal sires, lowland maternal breeds and hill sheep.

Performance Recording during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

At the current time, Signet are not able to provide ultrasound scanning services to sheep or beef producers. This decision is under constant review and as soon as it is safe to do so on farm scanning will resume. We understand CT scanning services at SRUC are also temporarily suspended.

New services have been developed to help breeders to supply data and promote livestock that are for sale.

Finding beef data online

In the last 12 months our online reporting services for bull buyers and Signet performance recording beef herds have been completely updated.

Simple results, that are available to everyone include

  • Cattle for Sale– lists bulls, cows and semen currently available for sale
  • Latest Breed Results– providing links to the Sire Summary, Promising Young Bull List and the Breed Benchmark

Accessing New Sheep Reports and Stationery

In the last 12 months our online reporting services have been completely updated. This news item has been written to inform Signet clients about over 25 brand new reports and search tools that they can generate in real time from the Signet website.

New Cataloging Service for Sheep Clients

As part of the developments associated with our new webpage "Sheep for Sale", Signet clients can now generate their own sale catalogues. 

New CT Dates Announced

CT provides a welfare friendly way of assessing the total muscle, fat and bone yield in a live sheep. This near perfect predictor of carcase composition can also be used to measure the muscling in different parts of the carcase, such as the rib, loin and gigot. Read more here

Genetics of lamb survival - Webinar 27th March 2020

Dr Forbes Brien is an Associate Professor with the University of Adelaide and an expert on the genetic influences on lamb survival, as well as research for the Australian wool industry on breech strike. He has also spent several years studying the impact of selection for growth and carcase traits upon the fatness of ewes and the resulting impact on their reproductive performance.

A Webinar will take place at 10am on Friday, 27th March to cover these topics.  

Click here to book onto the Webinar

Sad News - Stewart Nellist

With great sadness Signet would like to share the news with Signet clients that Stewart Nellist, a key member of Signet’s ultrasound scanning team for nearly a decade, passed away on Friday 7th February after a period of ill health.

Disruption to Signet services

On 20th January there was at small fire at AHDB HQ, where Signet is based. No one was injured by the fire, but there is a lot of smoke damage and as a result Signet staff are currently working remotely. The Signet Database is still up and running and data can continue to be submitted. Please contact us by email with any query - as our phone lines are mostly just picking up m ...

Tender for Ultrasound Scanning Equipment

New opportunity to supply Signet Breeding Services with ultrasound scanning equipment to measure muscle and fat depth in cattle and sheep.