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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

RamCompare project delivers new Breeding Values for carcase traits

For the first time in the UK, ram breeders will have access to breeding values that focus on traits rewarded further down the supply chain, including primal weights of the loin and haunch and meat tenderness.  

RamCompare Year 3 Results

AHDB news release  New Estimated Breeding Values to help improve results The value of investing in a ram with the right genetic merit for your system has been highlighted in results from the third year of the RamCompare project. The project has identified that commercial producers can identify the most profitable rams for their production system by using Estimated Breeding V ...

Centurion Group Sale Report – April 2019

Monday 8th April saw the first ram sale of 2019 at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on behalf of The Centurion Group of Dorset Breeders. The sale offered 32 MV accredited, Signet recorded Dorset breeding ewes and rams. The sale was preceded by the “Selection Day event” when the best ram presented is chosen by secret ballot. It used to be that this ram was then “bought” as the Group ...

Signet’s new genetic analysis: The National Terminal Sire Evaluation

In 2019, Signet will relaunch the genetic evaluation service provided for terminal sire breeds. Signet has spent the end of 2018 introducing the new analysis to terminal sire clients with a series of 16 breeder meetings held across the UK and hosted a public ‘Webinar’ shortly before Christmas. The new service will deliver AHDB-funded research through a multi-breed evaluation, ...

RamCompare project delivers new Breeding Values for carcase traits

For the first time in the UK, ram breeders will have breeding values that focus on traits rewarded further down the supply chain, including the primal weights of the loin and haunch and also meat tenderness. RamCompare is the UK’s commercial progeny test for terminal sire breeds. The project has assessed 138 rams from 9 different breeds over the last 3 years, collecting record ...

BRIDFA legacy to boost sheep breeders

Welsh pedigree Suffolk sheep breeders can now apply for a share of funding to boost the genetics of their flocks, thanks to the foresight of a group of pioneering breeders thirty years ago. BRIDFA was a group-breeding programme established in 1990 by a group of progressive Suffolk breeders to advance genetic gain within their flocks. The BRIDFA flock produced by this initiativ ...

Ewe Mature Weight and Body Condition Score

Only a few maternal breeding programmes are selecting to optimise ewe efficiency by taking into account input costs over the ewe’s lifetime. Measurements of ewe mature size are needed if we are to create breeding values and breeding indexes that enable the selection of more efficient ewes. Modern approaches to electronic data capture enable producers to weigh ewes on a more reg ...