Fast, simple and accurate genetic selection plus new and powerful

benchmarking tools to track the progress of your flock.

Media Release - 3 July 2017

The popular RamSelect app will move to a commercial funding model ahead of this season’s ram sales, as a first step towards ensuring the genetic selection tool’s financial viability and availability to producers in the long-term.....READ MORE

What is Ramselect Plus?

RamSelect Plus is the latest version of the popular web-based app designed to simplify the use of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) so that you can quickly and easily identify the right genetics for your flock using objective data from Sheep Genetics— MERINOSELECT, LAMBPLAN and DOHNE. quickly searches all rams currently listed for sale and selects those that align with your specific breeding objective.

And RamSelect Plus now features new benchmarking tools so that you can better manage your ram team, compare your ram selections to national averages and track team performance and impact over time.

RamSelect Plus is mobile friendly and can be easily used on a phone or ipad.

Instructions for using the app can be found in the 'Learn more' tab on the site or download the RamSelect "How to" booklet below.

DownloadDownload RamSelect "How to" booklet (861 KB)


What are ASBVs?

Australian Sheep Breeding Values are an estimate of an animal’s breeding value based on pedigree, performance recorded and DNA testing information. They are an estimate of how the animal’s progeny will perform.

ASBVs remove variation caused by environmental and management effects and predict the genetic merit of the ram. It is this genetic merit that will be passed onto the progeny and drive business performance.

Importantly for sheep breeders, ASBVs are available for all the traits that are economically important to a sheep business.

More detailed information about ASBVs can be found in “ASBVs – A guide for ram buyers” below.


New Features

  1. Users now have a choice of personally customising the emphasis on the trait sliders, or selecting from the range of default industry indexes, such as Fibre Production, Dohne, Carcase Plus or Maternal.
  2. Advanced search filters allow users to undertake more targeted searches of the genetic marketplace.
  3. An enhanced account management system enables users to save and track the performance of their ram teams over time.
  4. Advanced benchmarking features show users how their rams compare to the rest of the industry.
  5. Flock Profile DNA Test results for commercial flocks can be uploaded to your account to help set search criteria for future ram purchases.
  6. RamSelect automatically confirms that the ranking calculation, for each animal in your search, has sufficient accuracy. If the calculation does not meet the required accuracy this warning symbol will be displayed. It is important to ensure that the rams in your search are being measured for the traits that are important to your breeding objective.

More details are available on the RamSelect site.


Ram Team Management

It’s really easy to set benchmarks for future ram purchases when you know the performance of your past and current team and know where you need to make improvement.

So we’ve added new functionality to allow you to store ram team information on the app. You can enter data on current and past rams and then keep the list up to date by automatically saving your new purchases.

With this information you can benchmark the progress of your current team against industry averages and track your progress over time.


DNA Flock Profile Test

Commercial sheep producers will soon have access to a new DNA test that provides a profile of the genetic merit of the ewe flock. This profile benchmarks where your flock sits compared to other flocks in the industry and along with ram team information, allows more precise and targeted selection of rams using ASBVs.

The Commercial Flock Profile DNA Test is based on testing about 20 randomly selected ewes from one age group. The Sheep CRC can then calculate ‘flock average’ breeding values for key traits. The test uses genetic linkages to animals with full genomic profiles in the Information Nucleus database to make the calculations.

The Flock Profile results can be automatically loaded into a user account on RamSelect Plus, so that the information can be accessed when selecting rams.

The Flock Profile data allows producers to set criteria for ram searches based on the known genetics of their ewes and a clearly defined breeding objective.


RamSelect Videos


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“RamSelect Plus makes it easier than ever to search for and select rams, and keep track of their performance. Since its launch in 2015, RamSelect has helped our clients  (and buyers across the industry) purchase rams that properly suit their individual breeding aims, especially those new to ASBVs.”—JAMIE HEINRICH, Ram Breeder, Kangaroo Island, SA.


"RamSelect simplifies the application of genetic technologies to commercial flocks. It will mean faster genetic gains, improved flock performance and better business profits."—STUART MITCHELL, Sheep Producer, Bollon, QLD.


"The RamSelect app offers both seed stock and commercial breeders of all sheep types a wonderful opportunity to make more informed decisions on genetics in their breeding programmes. I feel this type of technology will complement and enhance our visual appraisals in genetic selection." —CRAIG WILSON, Sheep Breeding Advisor, Wagga Wagga, NSW.


“The new Flock Profile DNA Test is a great tool for benchmarking the genetic strengths and weaknesses in a commercial flock. Used in combination with, we are now able to target the right genetics to improve our flock’s productivity and boost our bottom line.”—TONY OVERTON, Commercial Sheep Breeder, Walcha, NSW.


Practical Wisdom Notes / Fact Sheets

PW4.1 New Opportunities in Genetics and Genomics

In this series:

  1. Genomics and DNA testing: new tools for ram breeders to accelerate genetic gain
  2. Breeding towards a poll flock with the Sheep CRC Poll test

  3. Sheep CRC genomic test for Merinos —what are the benefits?

  4. Sheep CRC genomic test for maternal breeds —what are the benefits?

  5. Sheep CRC genomic test for terminal breeds —what are the benefits?

  6. Using Australian Sheep Breeding Values

  7. Fat and eye muscle depth in Merino breeding programs

  8. Benefits of Reproductive Technologies in  Closed Nucleus Sheep Breeding

  9. Merinotech: Strategies to achieve a 100% PP nucleus

  10.  Using selection decisions to improve ASBVs

  11. Genomic testing ram lambs helps increase rates of index genetic gain by 50% at Centre Plus

  12. Genomic testing and artificial insemination helps increase LEQ index gains138% faster than industry average – Melton Vale Poll Dorsets

Products & Training Resources

ASBV Pocket Guide

ASBVs - A guide for ram buyers

Marketing your sheep with genetic data

Reports, Articles and Presentations

Building apps for the grazing livestock industry

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 3:00pm
Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre (S003)

A symposium on the development of web-based apps designed to provide information about complex grazing systems was held on 22 February 2017.  Drawing on a broad range of expertise in livestock production, soils, pastures, data science, simulation and machine learning models the apps form a natural collection point to connect science with practice.

These are the presentations from that symposium:

Getting Started with Sheep Genetics

Sheep CRC Genomics Breakfast Workshop - LambEx 2012

News Releases

RamSelect drives demand at Ella Matta ram sale
The genetic selection app RamSelect was a key plank of the promotional platform for the Ella Matta White Suffolk and Merino stud which recorded its best-ever sale results late last year. The Kangaroo Island stud recorded its highest grossing sale, its highest ever top-priced ram at $16,000, and an improved overall average of $1459 / ram, despite increasing its sale offering by more than 10% to 200 White Suffolks, 40 Poll... Click Here To Read Full Article »
MERINOSELECT now mainstream practice and growing fast
Use of the objective genetic assessment tool, Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs), has grown so rapidly in the Merino industry in the last five years that close to 50% of all Merino rams are now sold by studs that are members of MERINOSELECT. Recent analysis by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) reveals that studs in MERINOSELECT now provide around half of the Merino rams used by... Click Here To Read Full Article »
DNA Flock Profile test takes gut feel out of farming
DNA testing has taken the guesswork out of breeding for Victorian sheep mixed farmer Todd Martin, who now has a clear picture of how his flock compares to the rest of the industry and the decisions he needs to make to improve its performance. Click Here To Read Full Article »
DNA Flock Profile cements the foundations for new flock
Developing a flock with the right mix of genetics can take generations to perfect, but DNA testing has put Geelong sheep and wool producer Jack Briscoe on the fast track to success. Mr Briscoe is only a year into breeding his own Merino flock after branching out from his sheep contracting business by cobbling together a mixture of 800 home-bred and yard-bought ewes as his breeding base. Click Here To Read Full Article »
RamSelect keeps track of flock performance at Parkes
The RamSelect app is not only assisting with better genetic decisions for the Dunn family of Parkes, NSW, but also assisting with their inventory management and industry benchmarking activities. The Dunn family, trading as Reedy Creek Partners, operates a mixed farming enterprise between Manildra and Parkes, and has been using the app since it was first launched in 2015 to assist with their ram selections. Click Here To Read Full Article »
Dramatic increase in early season searches on RamSelect
Inquiry for rams through RamSelect has never been stronger with a dramatic increase in the number of buyers searching the site so far this season compared to last year. More than 1129 ram searches were conducted on RamSelect during July, compared to just 154 at the same time last year. Click Here To Read Full Article »
DNA testing to drive new era of ewe competitions
The traditional ewe competition is set to enter the innovation era with the inclusion of DNA Flock Profile tests as part of next year’s Doug Bicket Memorial Ewe trial in Parkes, NSW. The Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) will provide DNA profiling for all flocks entering the 2018 competition, currently valued at $800 plus GST per flock, as a means of supporting improved genetic selection... Click Here To Read Full Article »
RamSelect moves towards commercial business model
The popular RamSelect app will move to a commercial funding model ahead of this season’s ram sales, as a first step towards ensuring the genetic selection tool’s financial viability and availability to producers in the long-term. RamSelect Plus is an easy to use web-based application,, which allows ram buyers to find and rank rams based on Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) that match their own... Click Here To Read Full Article »
RamSelect drives better buying decisions at Gates Performance Genetics
Ram buyers have never had more information at their fingertips to identify the right genetics for their individual needs, according to New England stud breeder Rick Gates, whose composite Maternal and White Suffolk rams sold to a top of $1950 last week. Mr Gates, of Gates Performance Genetics, listed his sale catalogues on the RamSelect Plus app to ensure potential buyers could find exactly the right ram for their grazing... Click Here To Read Full Article »
DNA Flock Profile proves accurate at Peter Westblade trial
The Peter Westblade Merino Memorial Challenge (PWMMC) has proved the accuracy of the new DNA Flock Profiler Test under development by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep CRC. During its initial testing phase in early 2016 the Sheep CRC investigated if average genomic breeding values could be calculated for a sheep flock, even with distant or unknown relationships to the reference population. Click Here To Read Full Article »
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