Pedigree MatchMaker (matching lambs to ewes)

The majority of Merino breeding flocks have partial (sire only) or o record of pedigree. This is due in part to the labour intensive nature of collecting maternal pedigree (mothering-up) and the management of large numbers of individual records.

Pedigree MatchMaker offers an effective alternative method of collecting dam pedigree and when added to sire pedigree, adds substantially to the value of the information.


  • Identification of a lamb's dam without the labour needed for visual matching;
  • Improved ASBV accuracy for ram breeders of approximately 16%;
  • Ability of commercial lamb breeders to determine kgs/ewe turn-off and so identify the more profitable ewes.


Recommended users: Ram breeders, commercial producers, advisors & consultants, teachers & educators.

The Pedigree MatchMaker software assists ram breeders to identify lamb progeny that a ewe has matched and reared, using no labour input. Ewes and their lambs are trained to move through a raceway in the paddock to an attractant eg. water, lockblocks, feed. They are individually identified using electronic tags and lambs are matched to the ewes they follow. Using this method the dam pedigree has been determined to be approximately 95% accurate.


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Pedigree MatchMaker wins ABC New Inventors Award

Photo: Mark Mortimer and Steve Semple
Photo: Mark Mortimer and Steve Semple

On 21st October 2009 the Sheep CRC's Pedigree MatchMaker product won the ABC New Inventors Award.

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Australian Sheep Breeding Values - A guide for ram buyers

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