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English, Welsh and Scottish National Texel Sales August 2017 Read more...

Top prices at Signet Recorded Welsh Mountain Sale September 2017 Read more...

Using Saliva IgA to select sheep genetically resistant to parasites Read more...

Did you know Signet has an EBV for worm resistance? Read more...

Incheoch Farms Performance Record All Pedigree Livestock

The McGowan family, based up in Blairgowrie in Perthshire, performance record both their Incheoch Lleyn and Texel flocks and as well as their herds of Luing, Simmental and Angus Read more...

Case Study for Lavendon Suffolks

The Barker family (trading as A J Cony & Partners) have been breeding Suffolk sheep for the past 70 years. Concentrating on high growth rate and large muscle depth breeding Read more...

Beef Feed Efficiency Programme Update,

Please find the latest update for the Beef Feed Efficiency Programme. This four-year research project began in 2015, to become a landmark for the knowledge and understanding of Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017 Ventonglidder end on a high!

Winner of the Wiltshire Horn, Jean Burke, Ventonglidder Flock. The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Wiltshire Horn Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017 – Lavendon Suffolks Concentrate on Commercial Traits

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Suffolk sheep is the Lavendon flock owned by A J Cony & Partners, Manor House Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017 – Sansaw Farms focus on full index figure

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Shropshire sheep is the flock owned by James Thompson at Sansaw Farms near Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017 – Kingsland flock concentrate on growth and carcase

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Charollais sheep is the Kingsland flock owned by John Stott Jnr, at Crosscrake, Nr Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017: Kerlow Dorsets, hard work has paid off

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Dorset sheep is the flock owned by Meakin & Body at Treweatha Farm in Cornwall. Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017: Clive and Jenny Richardson take advantage of CT Scanning.

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Meatlinc sheep is the flock owned by Clive and Jenny Richardson at Higher Denzel Farm Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017: Sutherland Southdowns staying true to the Breed

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for the Southdown sheep is the Sutherland flock owned by Amy Readhead-Higgins, House Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017: Thistleyhaugh Lleyns the Future looks Bright

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Lleyn sheep is the Thistleyhaugh flock owned by the Nelless family, at Thistleyhaugh Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017- HighIndexHamps have a clear focus on Performance Recording

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for the Hampshire Down sheep is the flock owned by Simon Williams, Benniworth Flock at Read more...

Improved Flock Awards 2017 – Stonebridge Texels Concentrate on Carcase

The 2017 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Texel sheep is the Stonebridge flock owned by Steve Richardson, at Mount Pleasant Read more...

Simmental Beef EBVs in Action

Click the link to read about the sixth study from Harper Adams comparing progeny performance from bulls with varying indexes. All six studies have shown that progeny from Read more...

Improved Herd Award – Stabiliser

The Marcham herd, owned by W Cumber & Son (Theale) Ltd, from Marcham in Oxfordshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Stabiliser cattle Read more...

Improved Herd Award: Sussex

The Holm Place herd, owned by John and Cathie Lewis from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Sussex cattle in Read more...

Pivington Romney Sheep

The village of Lenham in Kent is home to the Pivington flock of pedigree Romney sheep. Founded in 1902 and first registered pedigree in 1947, this makes the flock one of the Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Meatlinc

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Meatlinc sheep is the flock owned by ER & JE Vines of Burton Farm, Herefordshire. Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Texel

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Texel sheep is the Claybury flock, based in Shropshire, owned by James Draper. This Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Suffolk

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award is the Stonedge flock of Derbyshire, owned by Matthew Prince. This award is presented to Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Shropshire

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Shropshire sheep is the Shebdon flock of Staffordshire, owned by Mr and Mrs Peter and Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Lleyn

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Lleyn sheep is the Bearwood flock of Herefordshire, owned by Ed Collins. This award Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Hampshire Down

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Hampshire Down sheep is the Normanby flock of Lincolnshire, owned by Edward Brant. Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Dorset

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Dorset sheep is the Gortleigh flock of Devon, owned by Gill and Richard Trace. This Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Charollais

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Charollais sheep is the Tilton flock of Leicestershire, owned by Alan Thomas. This Read more...

Improved Flock Award: Wiltshire Horn

The 2016 winner of the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Award for Wiltshire Horn sheep is the Gruzelier flock of Cornwall, owned by George Gruzelier. Read more...

The Beverley Herd of Lincoln Red Cattle

The Clough family farm a herd of 80 pedigree Lincoln Red cattle, which have been Signet recorded since the mid-1990s. They feel that recording gives them a good basis for Read more...

Beefing Up Beef Breeding In Ireland Using Genetic Technology

In his talk at the 2016 British Cattle Breeders Conference, Dr Donagh Berry explained why he would like to see all Irish cattle (a population exceeding two million) genotyped at Read more...

Foulrice flock of Charollais sheep – The advantage of numbers

The Foulrice flock started performance recording back in 1983. Having weight recorded over 13,000 lambs over the past 32 years, Charles Marwood understands the advantage of Read more...

The Yarcombe Flock of Hampshire Downs – Everyone benefits from a whole breed approach

Performance recording is difficult in isolation. Even the greatest enthusiast of weight recording finds it difficult to work with a small-recorded population, as new rams Read more...

Alan Jackson’s Rugley Suffolk and Texels – Have a unique selling point

With popular breeds such as the Texel and Suffolk it is sometimes difficult for individual flocks to stand out. While there might be many customers for the stock, there is also Read more...

Stanford Flock of Beulahs – Keep things simple when recording big numbers

There are few hills in Suffolk, but there are some harsh environments and this is why the Stanford Beulah flock was established. The Stanford battle area is a mixture of grassland Read more...

Jonathan and Carroll Barber – Producing balanced sheep

Founder members of Charollais Sires, Jonathan and Carroll have seen great changes since Charollais sheep were first imported in the 1970s. They started performance recording Read more...

George Fell – Thorganby Flock of Meatlinc Sheep

Genetic progress in Meatlinc breeding is measured in decades, not years, with George managing the flock established by his grandfather Henry in 1974 and supporting other Meatlinc Read more...

Kathleen Hill’s success with the Sampfordel flock of Suffolks lies with careful selection using EBVs

Kathleen Hill has recorded the Sampfordel flock of Suffolks since 1997. Carcase attributes have been an important focus at Sampfordel and Kathleen has selected heavily for growth Read more...

Gill and Richard Trace – Gortleigh Flock of Poll Dorset Sheep

Patience pays off when breeding for maternal traits The Gortleigh flock was one of the first to become involved in performance recording. Frequent runners up in the BRP Most Read more...

E.H Holdstock and Son, The Elbridge Herd of Sussex Cattle

Recording a large beef herd The Elbridge herd is one of the largest Sussex cattle herds in the country. The farm is run by James and Clare Holdstock with the help of their Read more...

Richard Clay – Gaynes Flock of Pedigree Texels

Test lambs under commercial conditions for commercial success A commercial focus is at the heart of the Gaynes flock breeding policy and it is paying dividends, as Richard Clay Read more...

Edward Collins – Bearwood Flock of Lleyn and Blue Texel Sheep

Invest time where it pays – electronic data collection and marketing Sheep Farmer of the Year finalist Ed runs an 800-acre farm and makes full use of on-farm software to Read more...

Hugh and Pauline Skinner, Aragon Flock of Romney Sheep

Have a clear focus and keep an eye on the future Aragon Skinner Romneys The Aragon Romney flock was established in 1976, at a time when one of the challenges within Read more...

Offham Herd Wins Most Improved Herd Award for the Sussex Breed

The Offham herd, owned by Justin and Susan Harmer, trading as Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer, from Lewes in East Sussex, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the Most Read more...

Evergreen Herd Wins Most Improved Herd Award for Stabiliser Breed

 The Evergreen herd, owned by Alan Derryman from Sidmouth in Devon, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Stabiliser cattle in England for Read more...

Ortum Suffolk flock being sold

The following information was provided by Richard Garner and may be of interest to Signet clients   High Genetic Merit Ortum Suffolk Flock for Sale The Ortum flock Read more...

Coldharbour Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Charollais Breed

The Coldharbour flock, owned by Tony and June Gregory of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Charollais sheep Read more...

Buckland Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Southdown Breed

The Buckland flock, owned by Miriam Parker of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Southdown sheep in England for Read more...

Raburn Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Hampshire Down Breed

The Raburn flock, owned by Joe and Rachel Henry of Thropton, Northumberland, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Hampshire Down sheep in Read more...

Kingsbridge Based Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Lleyn Breed

Peregrine Aubrey’s flock of Lleyns based in Kingsbridge, Devon has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Lleyn sheep in England for 2015. The Read more...

Hans Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Suffolk Breed

The Hans flock, owned by Hans Pörksen of Morpeth, Northumberland, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Suffolk sheep in England for Read more...

Yorkshire Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Meatlinc Breed

The Thorganby flock, owned by George Fell of Thorganby, York has been recognised for the fourth time by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Meatlinc sheep in England Read more...

Corriecravie Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Texel Breed

The Corriecravie flock, owned by Paul and Anna Johnson based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Texel sheep Read more...

Working Together Takes Everyone Forward

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of the first UK Sire Reference Schemes and the principle of breeders benefiting from working together is as important today Read more...

Drive to Produce Quality Pays Dividends for Hallfield Blondes

James Weightman endeavours to add value to the bulls in his herd of British Blonde cattle. “We try to produce an animal suited to our customers’ demands,” said James. It Read more...

Blackdown Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Dorset Breed

Bred at just under 1000 feet above sea level a few miles from the Wellington Monument, the Blackdown Flock is managed by Graham and Anne Langford with help from their son Joss, Read more...

Ventonglidder Flock Wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Wiltshire Horn Breed

The Ventonglidder flock, owned by Jean and Eddie Burke of Truro, Cornwall has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Flock of Wiltshire Horn sheep in England Read more...

It Pays to Record – Performance Recorded Lleyn Sheep

Four case studies from Signet recorded flocks to see how they profit from performance and highlighting the benefits.  Lleyn flocks being recorded with Signet have grown Read more...

Performance Recording Plays Vital Role in Progressive Sheep System

When John Yeomans returned home to farm near Newton, Powys in 1986, the family’s Beulah flock were lambing at 90% to produce carcases in the region of 13kg.  Fast-forward 29 Read more...

Coachhouse Herd’s Good Performance Figures Attract Better Prices at Sales

The Coachhouse herd, owned by Messrs Heald & Co of Retford, Nottinghamshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the runner up for the Most Improved Herd of Limousin Read more...

Breeding Values Help Select the Desired Traits in the Penhalveor Herd

The Penhalveor herd, owned by Ashley and Hilary Wood of Redruth in Cornwall, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Stabiliser cattle in England Read more...

Black Ven Sussex Cattle Herd Seen Massive Improvement in Recent Years

The Black Ven herd, owned by the Buchanan family of Nutley, East Sussex has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Sussex cattle in England for Read more...

The Langstone Flock have Expanded their Market through CT Scanning

Nick and Mimi live at Langstone Mill purchased their first Charollais ram lamb along with some pedigree ewes and the following year bought another ewe in 1986. Since then, the Read more...

St Paul Hampshire Downs Utilise Online EBV Figures to Promote Performance Recorded Stock

The St Paul flock, owned by David and Denise Middleditch of Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, but run by their son Harry, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Read more...

Suffolk Performance Recording Trial 2013

In 2013 Signet supported an initiative developed by the Suffolk Society’s Performance Recording Committee to look at ways of strengthening genetic linkage within the Suffolk Read more...

Huge Steps Forward in Genetic Merit Through Selection Within the Parkhouse Stabiliser Herd

The Parkhouse herd owned by Paul Capstick, of Heversham near Milnthorpe, in Cumbria, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Stabiliser cattle in Read more...

The Siddal Limousin Herd Reaps the Rewards from Careful Maternal and Conformation Selection

The Siddal herd owned by Paul & Alan Fletcher, of Birch, Heywood, near Rochdale, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Limousin cattle in Read more...

40 Years of Recording is Rewarded in the Boxted Sussex herd

he Boxted herd owned by Leslie Stevens and his two son’s David and Mark, of Lower Halstow, in Kent, has been recognised by AHDB Beef and Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Sussex Read more...
Recording success with Welsh Mountain sheep

Recording success with Welsh Mountain sheep

Tim and Dot Tyne began recording their Welsh Mountain flock with Signet in 2007, looking to improve the carcass quality and maternal attributes of their lambs. They currently run Read more...
Duncan Nelless’ forward-thinking approach is key to the success of his Lleyn Flock

Duncan Nelless’ forward-thinking approach is key to the success of his Lleyn Flock

Lleyn breeder Duncan Nelless farms at Thistleyhaugh Farm, near Morpeth in Northumberland. The farm has been organic since 2005. Duncan started breeding Lleyns in 1995 with the Read more...
Wellsborough Charollais Lead by Example

Wellsborough Charollais Lead by Example

Charollais breeders Tom and Brian Greenfield farm at Sibson, near Nuneaton in Warwickshire. There are three flocks on the farm – as well as the 60 pedigree Charollais sheep Read more...
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Godwick Suffolks are producing the type of rams farmers want

Suffolk breeder John Garner farms at Godwick Hall, near Kings Lynn in Norfolk. John joined his father on the farm in 1954 and bought his first Suffolk ewes in 1960. He took Read more...
The Success Story of Middlemoor Texels

The Success Story of Middlemoor Texels

Texel breeder Fiona Grundy farms at Whaplode Drove, near Spalding in Lincolnshire. Liking the breed’s good conformation and presence, Fiona started breeding Texels in 2008 Read more...
The Webbellis Southdown Flock is making Impressive Genetic Progress

The Webbellis Southdown Flock is making Impressive Genetic Progress

Southdown breeder, Patrick Goldsworthy farms at Ambleside, Grafham, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. In 2007 the Webbellis Flock was established with three Pedigree Southdown Read more...
The Future is Bright for Wallop Hampshire Downs

The Future is Bright for Wallop Hampshire Downs

Hampshire Down breeders, Matthew and Sally Osmond farm at Nether Wallop, near Stockbridge in Hampshire. The Osmonds established the Hampshire Down flock in 1990 to provide a Read more...
The Richardson’s Meatlinc Flock Continues to Produce High Index Rams

The Richardson’s Meatlinc Flock Continues to Produce High Index Rams

Meatlinc breeders Clive and Jenny Richardson farm at St Mawgan, near Newquay in Cornwall. The farm has two closed sheep flocks. One is a long-established commercial flock of Read more...
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An Insight into the Influential Winash Wiltshire Horn Flock

Wiltshire Horn breeders Nick and Jane Ashwin, farm at Orchard Farm, Pilning, near Bristol. In 1991 they bought an entire flock of Wiltshire Horns with three rams and 100 ewes Read more...
Sansaw Shropshires only Breed the Best

Sansaw Shropshires only Breed the Best

Shropshire breeder James Thompson farms at Sansaw Farms near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. In 2007 Sansaw Farms reintroduced a breeding flock of 150 pedigree Shropshire sheep. Read more...
Holm Place - Change the cattle to fit the system

Holm Place – Change the cattle to fit the system

Performance, soundness and conformation need to go hand in hand – this was the message from the Sussex Cattle Society “Breeding Bull Selection Day” held at Holm Place, Read more...
Druk Blondes Lead the Way

Druk Blondes Lead the Way

Druk Blondes lead the way Although a stockman’s eye is an important tool when selecting a new Blonde bull for breed characteristics and structural soundness for example, it Read more...
Onwards and Upwards for James Evans’ Stabiliser Herd

Onwards and Upwards for James Evans’ Stabiliser Herd

Onwards and Upwards for James Evans’ Stabiliser Herd James Evans, Farmers Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year 2012, has been a Stabiliser breeder since 2007 working within the Read more...
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Semen taken from new breeding line

Unknown genetics can come out on top Breeders often perceive that animals that are new to the Signet analysis will be forever penalised due to their lack of back data – but Read more...
Weighton Wold Herd wins Most Improved Herd Award

Weighton Wold Herd wins Most Improved Herd Award

Weighton Wold Herd wins Most Improved Herd Award for the Stabiliser breed The Weighton Wold Herd owned by R & J Farms Ltd, of Market Weighton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Read more...
Performance Recording is paying off for Essie Suffolks

Performance Recording is paying off for Essie Suffolks

Performance Recording is paying off for Essie Suffolks The Essie flock was established in 1981. It is run as a closed flock of 100 ewes, with lambs and shearlings being raised on Read more...
EBVs required by next generation of ram buyers

EBVs required by next generation of ram buyers

Recording figures give buyers confidence The AHDB Beef and Lamb Improved Flock Award for the Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn breed for 2011 is the Poorton Flock owned by Fooks Bros, Read more...
Harper Adams Trial Shows Benefits of High Beef Value Bulls

Harper Adams Trial Shows Benefits of High Beef Value Bulls

We are all well aware of what has happened to grain prices this last 10 months but this now places greater emphasis on using high index beef sires in an attempt to generate profit Read more...