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North York Moors Swaledale Project completed

In 2017, a group of 6 North Yorkshire Swaledale breeders, with the help of AHDB Beef & Lamb, Signet Breeding Services and Kate Phillips, set out to prove that existing technologies could be used in the hills and uplands to improve the performance of their flocks. This has included genetic evaluation and meat yield assessment. The project has demonstrated that performance r ...

Raburn Hampshire Down flock wins the Kelsey Trophy for most genetic gain

The Raburn flock wins the Kelsey Trophy for the Hampshire Down Flock making the most genetic progress in 2020 The coveted Kelsey Trophy, awarded to the performance recording breeder making the most genetic gain in the year, has gone to Joe and Rachel Henry and their Raburn flock for their 2020 crop of lambs. Using Signet Breeding Services performance recording, the Henry’s wer ...

Breeding for Health and Welfare Traits

Samuel Boon from Signet recently spoke at the SHAWG conference on genetic aspects to consider when breeding for health and welfare traits. The content can be found here, with Sam speaking at around 35 minutes in.  Further videos and webinars are available at here ...

Sheep Breed Survey Launched

Britain’s sheep producers are being encouraged to fill out national breed survey

Sheep producers in Britain are being urged to fill in the national Sheep Breed Survey, which is out this week. Jointly funded by AHDB, QMS and HCC, the national Sheep Breed Survey is an important reference point for researchers, funders and policy makers.

Those registered with British Wool will receive a postal copy, but all other sheep producers are being urged to take part in the survey and can acquire a copy online or by contacting AHDB directly.

Serum IgA testing - 2020

Serum IgA testing 2020 IgA testing will be provided by Biobest Labs in 2020. The test is priced at £5.50/sample (saliva or serum). Please contact Biobest before samples are dispatched as the test is offered on the basis of prior agreement only. Samples need to be accompanied by the Submission Form. Please send samples to: Biobest Laboratories Ltd6 Charles Darwin HouseThe ...

New Breeding Evaluations for Hill Sheep

Major changes to the way farmers evaluate the genetic merit of hill sheep are set to make the selection of hill rams easier and more profitable, following the relaunch of Signet's performance recording services for hill sheep producers as part of the Hill Ram Scheme.

Hampshire Down look at new ways to sell rams

Performance recording adds value at Hampshire Down timed auction The Hampshire Down online timed auction sale was a great success, the online sale made the sale accessible to are wider audience which helped to drive demand. EBVs have always been important in assessing the genetic merit of sheep and with the auction being held online, helped to add extra confidence from the buy ...

Press Release: RamCompare Year 4 Results

Fourth-year results of the RamCompare project reveal how sires with key breeding traits can drive productivity and optimal new sire purchases.

The latest update shows a great spread of rams among the most recent lists of trait leaders. Signet Breeding Manager, Sam Boon, urges breeders to focus on those traits that deliver the greatest profit to their system, and source recorded rams with the right EBVs to deliver them.

RamCompare results

Join AHDB and Samuel Boon and Bridget Lloyd for a webinar to reveal the latest RamCompare project results.

The webinar will:

  • Explain how the EBV’s currently available to ram buyers can influence the carcase attributes of their progeny
  • Demonstrate the financial value of genetic improvement through a series of case studies
  • Launch the latest RamCompare results, which lists the leading sires for each trait
  • Show ram buyers how they can select and source recorded rams

RamCompare - The Countdown has started...

RamCompare results will be released on 13th May

Join Sam and Bridget for a webinar to reveal the latest RamCompare project results.

Sign up here to join us or get a link to watch at a later date - https://ahdb.org.uk/events/webinar-ramcompare-project-2020-results