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Sheep buyers armed with guide to more productive rams

Monday 8th of July 2013

Sheep producers now have access to an easy to use but powerful tool to assist them in selecting the right ram for improving their flock productivity.

‘Australian Sheep Breeding Values - A guide for ram buyers’ has been designed to help producers understand how to use ram breeding values to find the best rams for each production system to ensure profitable and functional sheep that are suited to the farm business model.

It focuses on how to improve the genetic make-up of a sheep flock by selecting rams using Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs), DNA testing, and visual assessments.

“Rams are purchased on one day of the year but their effect on a flock lasts for many years – it is important that ram buyers have clear objectives and the right tools at their disposal to ensure they buy the right genes for production, quality and disease resistance,” Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) chief executive James Rowe said.

“This new Guide provides advice on how to combine objective and visual assessments for a range of traits which can affect flock productivity, such as fleece weights, carcase fat and muscling, worm resistance, and number of lambs born.....

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