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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

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 ...

Beef Carcase Traits Project – Update Dec 2017

Work to convert AHDB and HCC funded research for abattoir derived carcase information into EBVs for beef and dairy cattle took another step closer this month, with the receipt of a new set of breeding values as part of on-going research. The striking part of this work is the sheer number of cattle that are now included in this multi-breed analysis, with over 65,000 sires with ...

Beef Feed Efficiency Programme expands across Great Britain – October 2017

Reducing feed costs can make a big difference to the bottom line of all beef businesses. Enabling farmers to do that without affecting performance is the aim of the Defra and AHDB-funded Beef Feed Efficiency Programme. So far, feed intake records from 1,200 cattle have been collected which will be used to identify the genetic differences between the sires of those animals in t ...

Breeding for Feed Efficiency

The Beef Feed Efficiency Programme (BFEP) launched in 2015 with a major project worth £1.75 million funded by Defra and AHDB Beef and Lamb. Click HERE to read about the main elements of the project and starting a breeding programme for feed efficiency. Anybody interested in recording the genetic merit of their cattle for feed efficiency should contact [email protected] ...

Beef Feed Efficiency Programme Update

Please find the latest update for the Beef Feed Efficiency Programme. This four-year research project began in 2015, to become a landmark for the knowledge and understanding of beef feed efficiency. The Defra and AHDB-funded programme aims to develop standard recording approaches and create a network of industry embedded recording units.Recording the levels of dry matter intak ...

Simmental Beef EBVs in Action

Simon P. Marsh, Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University – Feb 2017 Click the link to read about the sixth study from Harper Adams comparing progeny performance from bulls with varying indexes. All six studies have shown that progeny from bulls with better figures and reasonably high levels of accuracy, perform better in the commercial herd. Omorga Volvo & Starline De ...

Using Abattoir Data to Create EBVs

New EBVs for Beef Cattle Click the link below to read the final project report for the EBVs from abattoir data project. The project combines real abattoir carcase data and information from other national databases, including BCMS, to create genetic evaluations for actual carcase weight, conformation, fat class and age at slaughter. EBVs have been produced for nearly 3 millio ...

Guidance Notes for DNA Testing

Click the link to read the latest guidance from AHDB on collection and storage protocols for DNA testing in cattle and sheep. ...