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 re ...
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 to be s ...
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.
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
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.