We want to produce the rams that are most profitable for our clients using the latest technology. The profits come from:
Fertility and ram vigour.
Worm resistance reduces the amount of worm drenching required.
Moderate birth weights for easy lambing and live lambs.
Eating Quality - we have to pay attention to eating quality which can be measured genomically to produce an EQ index. Abattoirs are talking of measuring intramuscular fat and eating quality.
The best growth to weaning and after weaning to 12 months.
TCP, LEQ and C+ are economic indexes derived from the above profit points – the higher the index the more profitable the sheep.
Rams have to be structurally sound, good ram types and buyers proud to take them home.
Good muscling especially as the Dexa technology being installed in abattoirs will emphasise yield.
LEFT: Hard Work: Trevor Pearce, Ian Sharrock and Ian Murphy on a cold morning doing the 200 day Lambplan measurements.