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RamCompare nominations open for 2023

RamCompare ram and semen nominations are open – closing date Friday 12th May

RamCompare, the National Progeny test for Terminal Sires is entering its eighth year and we invite you to nominate new rams for natural service or semen for use within an artificial insemination programme. RamCompare provides a great shop window for the breed and it gives individual breeders a new way to promote their genetics. Please follow the links below for more information or to complete the online nomination forms, which are simple and quick to complete.

Natural service rams:

  • The natural service sires should be shearlings or older and have a known, high health status
  • We have no objection to using healthy, fit and fertile older stock rams and are happy to receive their nominations
  • Ram nomination form 

AI sires: 

  • AI is a fantastic way to create genetic linkage within flocks
  • Frozen semen is purchased in batches of 30 doses  
  • If available, consider nominating more than one batch of a particular sire as this is important for flock linkages
  • Semen nomination form 

More information is also found on the Signet website RamCompare | Signet Breeding ( contact Bridget Lloyd [email protected]

New developments will widen project impact

RamCompare is entering an exciting new phase with year seven results due this May and we anticipate the analysis of abattoir traits will be integrated into Signet’s routine genetic evaluations with an updated breeding index, which is used to identify elite rams. These developments are an important step for RamCompare, delivering a key objective set when the project was launched.

Nominating rams this season will give breeders a unique opportunity to get ahead in this important area of breed improvement.

We will be in touch shortly with registration details for the RamCompare Results Webinar when it is available.


About the author

Bridget Lloyd

Bridget Lloyd

Bridget Lloyd – RamCompare Project Coordinator

After finishing university, Bridget worked on two well-known sheep research projects operating out of Aberystwyth University; the Longwool project and the Welsh Sheep Strategy.

In the year 2000, Bridget took a leading role in Cymru Breeding Services, (later Innovis and now known as AB Europe). Bridget was centre manager specialising in ovine fertility, operating a stud for 100 rams and coordinating four vet teams. She has specialised in ovine fertility and has worked closely with pedigree sheep and their breeders throughout her career.

With an extensive background in the sheep industry she now runs RamCompare. Her main responsibility is to liaise with project farms and abattoirs to ensure the data submitted is accurate and delivered on time, as well as co-ordinating the communication plan and ram nominations....and hundreds of other things.