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Signet Breeding Services prides itself on the work it does to provide breeders and commercial farmers with interesting and relevant information on which it make informed breeding decisions. 

The sections below highlight just some of our work for the pedigree and commercial sheep and beef sectors, as well as a few technical papers for students and scholars wanting more information. 

Publications relating to the Signet Sheepbreeder Service and Ram Breeding

Breed Specific Publications
National Terminal Sire Evaluation

Booklet with more information about the National Terminal Sire Evaluation

Leaflet with more information about the National Terminal Sire Evaluation

Read more about CT Scanning at SRUC

Read more about crossbred ram breeding

National Hill Sheep Breeding Evaluation
AHDB Hill Sheep Manual

This breeding manual explains about the new hill sheep evaluation produced by Signet. Download it here or go to the AHDB knowledge library for more information 

AHDB Better Returns Publications - A Commercial Guide to Breeding Values

Read more about New CT traits for sheep

Read more about Seek the standard

Read more about Seek the standard

Breeding publications by QMS and HCC - sometimes with a bit of help from us....

Read more about Using EBVs To Breed Better Sheep - written by QMS

HCC Ram Buyers Guide

Read more about this Ram Buyers Guide - written by HCC

Read more about Fit and Fertile rams - written by HCC

Read about performance recording your flock here or on the HCC website

Signet's Beefbreeder Service
AHDB Better Returns Beef Publications - Breeding information for Commercial Producers

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The AHDB Beef Carcase Traits Project

Estimated Breeding Values for Carcase Traits. Read more here

Factsheet on Beef Carcase Traits. Read more here

Interpreting Carcase Traits. Read more here

RamCompare publications

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RamCompare Year 4 Results

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Genetic reports from funded research

Demonstrating the benefits of using maternal EBVs in selecting beef sires by Kirsty Moore and colleagues. Read the full report here

Utilising Maternal Traits EBVs of Beef Bulls by SAC. Read the full report here

Optimising the mature weight for farm efficiency and profitability by AbacusBio. Read full report here

Analysis of Ultrasound Scanning Data from the Meatlinc and Lleyn breed in relation to age at scanning by Janet Roden. Read full report here

Generating estimated breeding values for postnatal lamb survival by Joanne Conington. Read SRUC report on generating breeding values for postnatal lamb survival

Generating estimated breeding values for postnatal lamb survival. Read poster about lamb survival

Sheep Breed Survey

Read more about the 2003 survey

Read more about the 2012 survey

Read more about the 2020 survey. For information about the project click here