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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 Re ...

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, i ...

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 records ...

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 initiative ...

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 ...

New ‘Gold Plus’ top 5% identifier for Seek the Standard

Gold plus means top rams and more profit this sale season. A new gold plus identifier has been introduced to help ram buyers identify top stock with the most productive genetics which could improve their profitability. The new identifier was created following the success of Signet Breeding Services’ ‘Seek the Standard’ campaign in 2017, and indicates rams in the top 5 per cent ...

CT and Carcase Trait Updates

The introduction of nine new CT traits and changes to how carcase traits are adjusted within the coming year will give terminal sire breeders enhanced tools to select the best stock. Could these new traits be included in the combined breed genetic evaluation? How would adjusting carcase traits for live weight, rather than age effect rates of genetic gain? See the report produce ...

RamCompare – Press Release 10 Jan 2018

RamCompare project open for pedigree nominations Pedigree breeders have the opportunity to receive valuable information on their sires’ progeny by nominating rams and semen for use in the RamCompare project. Animals which are involved in the project now have new estimated breeding values (EBVs) available covering carcase weight, fat and conformation. These EBVs can be used when ...

Using Saliva IgA to select sheep genetically resistant to parasites

Using Saliva IgA to select sheep genetically resistant to parasites Gastro-intestinal roundworm infection can have a significant impact on lamb production and the ability to select sheep that are more genetically resistance to roundworms is a useful tool to combat this health challenge. For several years, breeders have selected breeding animals on the basis of their low faecal ...

Romney High-Index Scheme: iSAGE Project November 2017

The Romney High-Index Scheme (RHIS) members have been involved with an EU project looking at parasitic phenotypes on new and introduced sheep breeds. The project has been part funded by Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe (iSAGE) and AHDB Beef & Lamb. It has led to the first widespread collection of individual faecal egg counts (FEC) and saliva Ig ...