Victorian sheep breeders are now making one of their biggest annual business decisions more easily and more accurately, having attended a Sheep CRC RamSelect workshop.
The RamSelect workshops help commercial producers, stock agents, and others, to update their skills in ram selection. The focus is on how to use figures from MERINOSELECT and LAMBPLAN in conjunction with visual selection.
The workshops have been a hit with sheep breeders Australia-wide, with 1389 producers and service providers attending 73 workshops over the last 18 months, including 11 in Victoria with 158 participants. Of those participants, 94 per cent were able to see a path to improved ram selection and increased farm returns as a result.
"In the evaluations of these workshops, people indicated that they were highly likely to recommend a friend or neighbour attend a RamSelect workshop (average score 8.8 out of 10)," Sheep CRC’s genetics training project leader Lu Hogan said.
"On average 96 percent of people said they now understand how to make better use of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) and 85 percent said they would use ASBVs to help them select rams next year."
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