Fast, simple and accurate genetic selection plus new and powerful

benchmarking tools to track the progress of your flock.

 

www.ramselect.com.au


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.

RamSelect.com.au 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

 

CLICK HERE  to watch videos on RamSelect



 


Testimonials

 

“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 RamSelect.com.au, 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

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

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 » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/dramatic-increase-in-early-season-searches-on-ramselect-22-08-2017.php
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 » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/dna-testing-to-drive-new-era-of-ewe-competitions-18-07-2017.php
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, www.ramselect.com.au, 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 » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/ramselect-moves-towards-commercial-business-model-03-07-2017.php
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 » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/ramselect-drives-better-buying-decisions-at-gates-performance-genetics-28-02-2017.php
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 » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/dna-flock-profile-proves-accurate-at-peter-westblade-trial-31-01-2017.php
Ram team recording drives improvements for Kangaroo Island flock
Keeping detailed and accurate ram team records has driven a flock transformation for Kangaroo Island Merino breeder Keith Bolto and proved why the new features offered on the RamSelect Plus app are a winner for commercial producers. About a decade ago the Bolto family began selecting rams for use in their flock, based on objective measurement information, and about five years ago began performance recording their own rams... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/ram-team-recording-drives-improvements-for-kangaroo-island-flock-12-12-2016.php
Tech-savvy students drive Farrer High to the top of RamSelect
Listing their catalogue via the RamSelect Plus app has showcased the value of early adoption of new breeding technologies and opened new markets for the students at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School. Based in Tamworth NSW, the school’s agriculture subject offering includes a Year 9 and 10 ‘animal management course’, in which students take on the tasks associated with running the Farrer White Suffolk stud. Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/techsavvy-students-drive-farrer-high-to-the-top-of-ramselect-05-12-2016.php
DNA Flock Profiler responds to producers needs
Breaking down a perception-driven market with objective genetic data was the impetus for sheep breeders Andrew and Barbara Read to conceive an idea which has now been realised in the form of the Sheep CRC’s DNA Flock Profile test. The Reads, from "Oak Hills", Nangus, NSW, first approached Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe two years ago at a producer field day with the idea of developing a DNA test to profile the genetic... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/dna-flock-profiler-responds-to-producers-needs-15-11-2016.php
Sheep researchers star on international stage
The next generation of red meat researchers are being inspired by the success of the sheep industry’s stable of young scientists who are starring on the world stage. Five Murdoch University scientists were recently chosen to deliver oral presentations, all linked to research they are conducting through the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), at the recent International Symposium on Energy... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/sheep-researchers-star-on-international-stage-04-11-2016.php
Breeding for flystrike resistance to be made easier
Genetic research into the heritability of flystrike susceptibility in sheep, and its expression in different operating environments, is set to be incorporated into new tools to assist breeders make more informed selection and flock management decisions. Tracie Bird-Gardiner, from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, has spent the last four years collecting and analysing data from fly-struck sheep in the industry’s... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/breeding-for-flystrike-resistance-to-be-made-easier-24-10-2016.php
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