BREEDING OBJECTIVES

We want to produce the rams that are most profitable for our clients using the latest technology. The profits come from:

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Fertility and ram vigour.

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Worm resistance reduces the amount of worm drenching required.

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Moderate birth weights for easy lambing and live lambs.

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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.

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The best growth to weaning and after weaning to 12 months.

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TCP, LEQ and C+ are economic indexes derived from the above profit points – the higher the index the more profitable the sheep.

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Moderate fat.

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Rams have to be structurally sound, good ram types and buyers proud to take them home.

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Good muscling especially as the Dexa technology being installed in abattoirs will emphasise yield.

Trevor Pearce, Ian Sharrock and Ian Murphy on a cold morning doing the 200 day Lambplan measurements.

LEFT: Hard Work: Trevor Pearce, Ian Sharrock and Ian Murphy on a cold morning doing the 200 day Lambplan measurements.