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Recording Crossbred Sheep

Selling rams for breeding is all about genetics. In recent years, farmers have become more aware of the benefits of adapting breeds to meet the needs of their system. To help identify the best sheep to use for breeding, which will improve the following year’s lamb crop, Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) have been produced. 


This article explains how the Harding family developed the Aberblack; a modern, hybrid terminal sire.

New Signet Publication

By performance recording with Signet breeders can add value to their sheep enterprise in two ways, increasing ram sales and enhancing flock productivity.

In an era where livestock producers use genetic information to make informed decisions, it is important not to be left behind. Signet data gives ram buyers the confidence to invest in the best.

Whether you sell from home, auction or online, clearly it pays to record. Why wait? Join Signet today and start unlocking the potential of your flock

BSAS article - Implications and fall out from Brexit on Animal Science

Jason Simms sat down with BSAS Vice-President Kim Matthews to discuss the implications and fallout as a result of Brexit on the animal science sector and what the future holds going forward.  To read more about the challenges and opportunities this provides click here This article was written by BSAS the British Society for Animal Science. For more information on BSAS head t ...

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 ...

The JIGSAW of joint ill

Joint ill is one of the lambing challenges that exorcises both seasoned sheep farmers and vets alike.  Sporadic in nature and caused by different combinations of reasons, it is a frustrating disease that a few people will tell you was particularly bad this year.

If you are a UK sheep farmer, regardless of whether you do or do not experience joint ill outbreaks, please do complete this survey https://liverpool.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/joint-ill-risk-factors-survey .

Considerations when scanning

Considerations when scanning Ultrasound scanning is an important service for those breeders wishing to enhance carcase quality through the use of muscle and fat depth EBVs. When planning your scanning visit it is important to consider: The weight of the lambs you want to scan Whether your lambs have been treated with a pour-on blow fly treatment Whether lambs are going t ...

Cataloging Services for Beef Clients

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

Beef Clients Get Access to Carcase Trait EBVs

A new web link on an animal's breeding report, now means beef producers can go directly to the AHDB National Beef Evaluation and see a series of new breeding values. The breeding values were created as part of the Carcase Traits project, which pulls together data from BCMS, Breed Societies and abattoirs to generate EBVs for traits like Carcase Weight, Conformation and Days to Slaughter.

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

This article provides advice to breeders on recording their stock in the absence of ultrasound scanning data. New services have been developed to help breeders to supply data and promote livestock that are for sale

Update: 20th May 2020 - Scanning to resume for clients within 125 miles of a Signet Technician.