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Search is on for top-quality rams

Have you got a tup eligible for the Ramcompare project?


Laura   Bowyer

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Nominations are being sought for the second year of the RamCompare project.


The project is looking for 24 rams for use within the single-sire mating groups on the trial farms in the second year. Six Texel, Suffolk and Charollais rams, and three Hampshire Down and Meatlinc rams are required.


All breeders involved in performance recording are being contacted to encourage nominations. The rams must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Performance recorded.
  • In the top 20 per cent of the breed based on growth and carcase estimated breeding values.
  • Be shearling or older rams from a flock with good genetic linkage to other flocks.
  • Have a known and high health status and be maedi visna-accredited. CLA/Johne’s vaccinations must be declared.
  • Available from July 2016.
  • Provide genetic diversity to the rams which have already been used.


The team behind the project, which aims to boost the sheep industry’s genetic improvement, has already selected five artificial insemination sires for performance testing in 2017. Data collected on their progeny will help strengthen statistical comparisons made between other rams already on test and those used for natural mating.


More information
Email Bridget.Lloyd@ahdb.org.uk. Nominations close on March 31.

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