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An EBV to reflect number of lambs reared is being phased in across some sheep breeds to help predict the financial return of a ewe.

Speaking at a recent Hybu Cig Cymru event, Signet breeding consultant Sion Parry said: “Although a high lambing percentage is a good indicator of flock performance, a farmer doesn’t make a return on a lamb until it is sold or retained in the flock for breeding – the number of lambs reared by a ewe therefore has a strong bearing on her financial performance.”

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