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Andrew Michael has taken sheep breeding beyond the cutting edge and into new territory, with a new program that is super-charging the speed of genetic gain in his flock. Known as JIVET – juvenile in vitro embryo transfer – the program has already delivered stud lambs years in advance of those from his conventionally joined flock, thanks to a combination of old-school visual appraisal and traditional measurement techniques, with the latest in DNA testing and embryo collection methods.

Put simply, the program identifies superior breeding stock at a very early age (within weeks of birth); uses advanced embryo technology to collect eggs from ewe lambs at approximately six to eight weeks of age, joining then occurs in a test tube before the lambs are carried to term in surrogate mothers.

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