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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 cen ...

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 produc ...

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 wh ...

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 fae ...

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 I ...

First RamCompare results announced at sheep conference

Three new estimated breeding values (EBVs) have been generated as a result of a major industry sheep breeding initiative which will help commercial producers to select rams which have the best potential to produce progeny that are more likely to meet market specification. Preliminary results from the RamCompare project were released to the industry at the Sheep Breeders’ Round ...

Top prices at Signet Recorded Welsh Mountain Sale September 2017

The Welsh Mountain Breeding Group’s 5th annual sale of Signet recorded rams took place near Aberystwyth last Thursday. The top priced Improved Welsh shearling, bred by E O Williams, Upper Wenallt, Talybont on Usk sold for £2150 to T & C Jones, Gwynfe. Sired by a ram from fellow group members TC & AJ Tyne, Pwllheli, he had an Index of 239, which put him in the top 5% of ...

Scanning lambs at younger ages

Samuel Boon, Signet Breeding Services and Janet Roden, Independent Geneticist – October 2016 The use of ultrasound scanning to measure muscle and fat depth in Signet recorded flocks has been one of the great success stories of the last 30 years. The scanning services provides proxy measures for body composition in sheep breeding programmes designed to enhance carcase yield a ...

New EBVs from CT Scanning

For 20 years Computed Tomography (CT) scanning has been used to assess the body composition of sheep, with CT derived information now routinely used within the terminal sire breeding evaluations delivered by Signet Breeding Services. Over 10,000 ram lambs have been CT scanned in this time and the use of elite CT scanned sires for breeding purposes has greatly increased rates of ...

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. ...