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Signet Meetings for Terminal Sire Breeders

Invitation - Click here to download - Signet Breeding Workshops In 2019 Signet will re-launch the genetic evaluation services provided for terminal sire breeds. The new service Read more...

RamCompare Update: Free semen available to pedigree breeding flocks

As part of the RamCompare project, semen is being made available to ram producers, free of charge, who wish to develop stronger linkage to the RamCompare project and try different Read more...

BRIDFA legacy to boost sheep breeders

Welsh pedigree Suffolk sheep breeders can now apply for a share of funding to boost the genetics of their flocks, thanks to the foresight of a group of pioneering breeders thirty Read more...

2018 Saliva IgA Testing

Moredun Research Institute are the 2018 providers for salivary IgA testing. There will be a charge of £3/sample + VAT. AHDB will subsidise this cost for performance recorded Read more...

RamCompare updated results

Updated results from the RamCompare project have seen a re-ranking of some rams based on their carcase weight estimated breeding values (EBV). Since preliminary results were Read more...

New data to be shared on productivity of hill flocks

First-year data from a project aiming to improve the productivity of hill flocks will be discussed at an event on 16 August in North Yorkshire. Launched in 2017, the North York Read more...

Ewe Mature Weight and Body Condition Score

Only a few maternal breeding programmes are selecting to optimise ewe efficiency by taking into account input costs over the ewe’s lifetime. Measurements of ewe mature size are Read more...

Support “Seek the Standard” over the coming season

  The 'Seek the Standard' campaign has already taken off for the 2018 ram sale season with top genetic merit stock sporting our range of identifiers at premier breed Read more...

Suffolk Society National Show and Sale 2018

The Suffolk Sheep Society are holding their annual National Show 2018 imminently.  Join the event at Shrewsbury Livestock Market, with judging on Friday 20th July, and the Read more...

RamCompare Update – Full Results

The full results from the first two years of RamCompare can be found here, these are updated from those released at Sheep Breeders Round Table back in November 2017 to include Read more...

Hampshire Down Premier Breeders Sale, Shrewsbury

View the catalogue for the Premier Sale at Shrewsbury, Saturday 30th June HERE View Signet's EBV cards HERE View EBV's in Excel format Read more...

Charollais Premier Sale at Worcester

Whether you are a pedigree flock owner looking for a new stock ram or a commercial prime lamb producer seeking top quality stock then Worcester Market on the evening of Friday Read more...

Charollais “Females with Figures” Sale

It’s not always about the ram!  See the catalogue for the Charollais "Females with Figures" sale HERE 53 lots all from Signet recorded and MV accredited flocks including 2 Read more...

North Yorkshire Swaledale Group Open Day

On 16th August, you are invited to join our hosts Tim & Sarah Dunn, AHDB Beef & Lamb and the North Yorkshire Swaledale Group members to learn more about year two of their Read more...

New updated terminal sire manual produced

As part of ongoing updates, the BRP manual 2 Buying a recorded ram to generate Better Returns has now been split into terminal sire and maternal traits.  Follow the link below Read more...

Event: Where Sheep and Science Meet

The Romney High Index Group warmly invite you to their open day:  'Where Sheep and Science Meet’. The open day will allow you to view the scheme rams, see their offspring, Read more...

New leaflet for commercial ram buyers

Need evidence on the financial value of using a high genetic merit recorded ram?  This new leaflet from Signet and AHDB explains the benefits of purchasing a recorded ram, quick Read more...

Dorset May Fair Catalogue Released

The Dorset Horn & Poll Dorset Sheep Breeders' Association will be coming together once again for the May Sheep Fair at Exeter Livestock Centre in 2018. The sale will Read more...

New Beef Breeding Projects Manager for AHDB

Alex Brown has a varied background in animal breeding research, having worked on projects for multiple livestock and companion animal species. Before joining AHDB, she spent 6 Read more...

CT and Carcase Trait Updates

The introduction of nine new CT traits and changes to how carcase traits are adjusted within the coming year will give terminal sire breeders enhanced tools to select the best Read more...

Event Invite – Performance Recording in Practice 26th May 2018

Dear Sheepbreeder Member You are invited to join us at an event on Saturday 26th May 2018 near Swindon, Wiltshire focusing on putting performance recording into Read more...

2018 RamCompare Open Days

Join AHDB Beef & Lamb for events hosted by two of nine commercial farms involved in the RamCompare Project in 2018. Visit Philip Whitehouse in Gloucestershire or Duncan Read more...

First Ram Sale of the Season

Saturday 7th April saw the first ram sale of 2018 at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on behalf of The Centurion Group of Poll Dorset Breeders. The sale offered 47 MV accredited, Read more...

New ‘Gold Plus’ top 5% identifier for Seek the Standard

A new gold plus identifier has been introduced to help ram buyers identify top stock with the most productive genetics which could improve their profitability. The new Read more...

Thinking of buying a recorded ram in 2018?

If you're thinking of investing in performance recorded stock this year, check out the breed specific leaflets below detailing the most up to date breed benchmark and how to Read more...

Centurion Show and Sale – 7th April

Early Show and sale of Signet recorded Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn breeding rams and ewes for the Centurion Group of breeders. Click HERE for link to auctioneers catalogue Read more...

CT Scanning Services at SRUC

WE ARE CONSIDERING OFFERING A CT SCANNING SERVICE AT A SITE FURTHER SOUTH eg EXETER AND ONE FURTHER NORTH eg THAINSTONE.  IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN BRINGING LAMBS TO ONE OF Read more...

RamCompare – Press Release 10 Jan 2018

Pedigree breeders have the opportunity to receive valuable information on their sires’ progeny by nominating rams and semen for use in the RamCompare project. Animals which Read more...

RamCompare nominations now open!

Pedigree breeders have the opportunity to receive valuable information on their ram’s progeny by nominating rams and semen for use in a major industry project, Read more...

Beef Carcase Traits Project – Update Dec 2017

Work to convert AHDB and HCC funded research for abattoir derived carcase information into EBVs for beef and dairy cattle took another step closer this month, with the receipt of Read more...

Romney High-Index Scheme: iSAGE Project November 2017

The Romney High-Index Scheme (RHIS) members have been involved with an EU project looking at parasitic phenotypes on new and introduced sheep breeds. The project has been part Read more...

New Swaledale Index aims to improve carcase quality

A group of Swaledale breeders have secured funding for a project that involves performance recording several thousand ewes over 3 breeding seasons with the aim to improve growth Read more...

Beef Feed Efficiency Programme expands across Great Britain – October 2017

Reducing feed costs can make a big difference to the bottom line of all beef businesses. Enabling farmers to do that without affecting performance is the aim of the Defra and Read more...

First RamCompare results announced at sheep conference

Three new estimated breeding values (EBVs) have been generated as a result of a major industry sheep breeding initiative which will help commercial producers to select rams which Read more...

Breeding for Feed Efficiency

The Beef Feed Efficiency Programme (BFEP) launched in 2015 with a major project worth £1.75 million funded by Defra and AHDB Beef and Lamb. Click here to read about the main Read more...

English, Welsh and Scottish National Texel Sales August 2017

August saw three of the National Texel Ram Sales across the country. There were large numbers of excellent performance recorded animals available to purchase at all Read more...

Top prices at Signet Recorded Welsh Mountain Sale September 2017

The Welsh Mountain Breeding Group's 5th annual sale of Signet recorded rams took place near Aberystwyth last Thursday. The top priced Improved Welsh shearling, bred by E O Read more...

Using Saliva IgA to select sheep genetically resistant to parasites

Contact Emma Steele at Signet for information and details on Saliva IgA and available subsidies Gastro-intestinal roundworm infection can have a significant impact on lamb Read more...

Did you know Signet has an EBV for worm resistance?

Members can take advantage of the services on offer from all of our service providers and can use the data for both EBV generation and assessment for the use of Read more...

Lleyn and Romney Sheep are Breeding for Worm Resistance

Immunoglobin A (IgA) is an antibody produced by white blood cells that binds to parasites in the gut, reducing the worm’s ability to grow and reproduce. IgA levels can be Read more...

Sheepbreeders Roundtable 2017 ‘Thinking Positively’

The Sheep Breeders Round Table Conference Programme has now been finalised and bookings are now being taken. This year the focus is how to encourage more data collection from Read more...

RamCompare Update for Signet e-news May 2017

Please fine below the latest RamCompare Update from the project Coordinator Bridget Lloyd RamCompare Update May Read more...

Dorset Sheep Sales 2017

The Signet team have been present at both the Sedgemoor Centurion Sale and the May Fair in Exeter for Dorset sheep. Both sales were very successful for high performance sheep 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...

2017 Improved Flock Award Winners Announced

The AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme Improved Flock Awards seeks to reward those breeders that are using Estimated Breeding Values to enhance the performance of their Read more...

More Cost Effective Recording in the Press

Signet Breeding Services has changed its fee structure for flock recording to reflect the way in which members can submit data. Producers can now supply data in three formats: 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...

Scanning lambs at younger ages

The use of ultrasound scanning to measure muscle and fat depth in Signet recorded flocks has been one of the great success stories of the last 30 years. The scanning services Read more...

New Stabiliser Net Feed Efficiency EBV

What is Net Feed Efficiency? Net Feed Efficiency (NFE) is a biological measure of efficiency that seeks to disentangle the underlying effects of improved metabolic efficiency Read more...

Signet Sheepbreeder Fees 2017

From September 2017 clients will have three ways to supply data to Signet – via paper, online or through the export of electronic files from farm software. Changes to the Read more...

New EBVs from CT Scanning

For 20 years Computed Tomography (CT) scanning has been used to assess the body composition of sheep, with CT derived information now routinely used within the terminal sire Read more...

Using Abattoir Data to Create EBVs

Click the link below to read the final project report for the EBVs from abattoir data project. The project combines real abattoir carcase data and information from other Read more...

Guidance Notes for DNA Testing

Click the link to read the latest guidance from AHDB on the collection and storage protocols for DNA testing in cattle and 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...

Beef Carcase Traits Project – The Breeds Involved

Beef producers in the UK aim to produce high quality meat as efficiently as possible but ultimately, payments for cattle relate to their carcase weight, conformation and fatness 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...

RamCompare Autumn/Winter 2016 Newsletter

Click here to read the latest news from our commercial progeny test, RamCompare, aiming to drive genetic improvement forward through the inclusion of commercial data in genetic Read more...

Using Saliva IgA to select sheep genetically resistant to parasites

Contact Emma Steele at Signet for more information and details on Saliva IgA and available subsidies Gastro-intestinal roundworm infection can have a significant impact on lamb Read more...

A New Lamb Survival EBV in Progress

Signet and EGENES (SRUC) have been looking at creating a new postnatal lamb survival EBV to help breeders genetically improve young animal resilience and identify families with Read more...

RamCompare Press Release – September 2016

RamCompare has recently produced a press release to update the industry on the project developments and results up to September 2016.   Analysis of data from Read more...

Changes to the Scottish Blackface Breeding Evaluation produced for Signet Recorded Flocks

Samuel Boon, September 2016 Based on work completed by EGENES/SRUC and funded by AHDB Beef and Lamb & Quality Meat Scotland   Summary AHDB and QMS Read more...

High Index Hampshire Down Sheep sell to 1600gns

Hampshire Downs met a strong trade selling to a top of 1,600gns and with high performance recorded rams commanding the highest prices at the breed association’s annual premier Read more...

Premium of £300/ram paid for high muscle depth EBV Dorset rams

Dorset May Fair 2016 – Sale Report Recorded sheep made a big impact at the Dorset May Fair with high index recorded rams amongst the leading prices. Amongst the recorded Read more...

Recorded Charollais in demand

Charollais rams with high muscle depth EBVs in demand at the Premier Sale Sale report from the Charollais Premier Sale at Worcester on 1st and 2nd July. With over two thirds of Read more...

Winners of the Improved Flock Awards 2016

The winners of this year’s AHDB Beef & Lamb Improved Flock Awards have been announced. The awards are given to the English flocks who have made the greatest improvement in Read more...

Updated Publication: “Performance Recording Your Pedigree Flock”

The Signet publication Performance Recording Your Pedigree Flock has been updated. The document discusses how performance recording can benefit pedigree breeders, covering Read more...

British Cattle Breeders Conference 2016

The 2016 British Cattle Breeders Conference provided a great deal of discussion for the beef industry, with talks focussing on driving profitability through an increased and Read more...

Recording sire information on BCMS passports generates new breeding tools for carcase traits.

Whilst improvements in carcase conformation and fat class have been observed over the last decade, at present only 55% of prime cattle slaughtered in Britain met the target of E, Read more...

Southdown Breeders Innovative Way to Encourage New Members

Southdown breeders Susan Harmer (Ridings Flock, East Sussex) and Patrick Goldsworthy (Webbellis Flock, Cambridgeshire) are offering new entrants to the Signet Southdowns Read more...

Decade of Progress

A new publication released to celebrate the progress made by the dedicated breeders of recorded flocks over the past decade. A useful insight in to some success Read more...

The review of genetic improvement in UK beef cattle and sheep is now online

Genetic improvement delivers substantial economic benefit to the UK’s sheep and beef industries. The financial benefit to UK sheep producers via increased productivity is £10.7 Read more...

Signet participate in a series of heifer workshops

Signet Breeding Services manager Samuel Boon and consultant Sion Parry took part in a series of on-farm heifer workshops, in conjunction with the release of the new Breeding Read more...

RamCompare – the Commercial Ram Progeny Test

A major new partnership has been announced which will enable the UK sheep industry to drive genetic improvement forward through the inclusion of commercial data in genetic Read more...

New Breed a Better Pedigree Flock

The Signet publication “Breed a Better Pedigree Flock” has been updated. The new version includes provides additional information about displaying performance records, using Read more...

A New Leaflet for a New Breeding Index for Charollais Sheep

The leaflet explains the new breeding index that has been launched for 2015 for the Charollais breed to highlight faster growth rates and easier finishing, whilst continuing Read more...

Funding Agreed for Combined Breed Genetic Evaluations

UK genetic evaluations of sheep have traditionally been undertaken within purebred populations. However, much of the UK sheep industry is a stratified system with approximately Read more...

Sheep Breed Survey Results Now Available!

The breeding structure of the British sheep industry 2012, which analyses the results of a survey completed by nearly 10,000 wool producers registered with the British Wool Read more...

Inbreeding Values Become Accessible to Sheep Breeders

Bio-Sciences KTN have produced values to measure the inbreeding of potential matings, provided Basco holds a full three-generational pedigree. The new software will be trialled Read more...

News Release: BRP Makes Big Impact on Sheep Breeding Businesses

The sheepbreeders survey has revealed positive results for the work of BRP and Signet. Interest in recorded stock has increased with over half of buyers now asking for Estimated Read more...

New “Measuring Shearling Ewe Weight” Leaflet

This new leaflet explains the importance of measuring shearling ewe weight as an indicator of ewe mature size in both maternal and terminal sire breeds. It also explains what data Read more...

Sheep Breeding Bulletin Extra Summer Edition

The summer edition of the Sheep Breeding Bulletin Extra is available now. The articles in this issue include Ultrasound Scanning, Maternal Initiatives and Interpreting EBVs. Plus Read more...

New Online Training Packages for Cattle and Sheep EBVs

Two on-line training packages have been launched by EBLEX Better Returns Programme (BRP) in conjunction with Signet Breeding Services. These beef and sheep packages enable Read more...

New Article on the Genetics of Polling

This new article aims to explain the genetics behind the occurence of horns and scurs in cattle alongside information on breeding stratergies and genotype identification. For Read more...

New ‘Ultrasound Scanning Beef Cattle’ Leaflet Available

Ultrasound scanning enables breeders to assess the carcase quality of their cattle by measuring muscle and fat depth in the live animal. Unlike growth rate, it isn’t easy to Read more...

New Sale Chart Service – Print EBV Charts Online

Online service helps farmers promote superior breeding stock A new online service has been launched to help farmers capitalise on the increasing demand for performance recorded Read more...

New Breeding Manual launched

Breeding manual launched to build on increased demand for EBVs A new breeding manual to support commercial sheep producers who are looking to enhance their flock through the use Read more...

Poster on Lamb Mortality

A new poster has been produced by Dr Jo Conington which explains about risk factors influencing lamb mortality. This is important work bearing in mind: Lamb survival is the Read more...

Variation in spine characteristics in sheep

Implementing the use of spine traits in a commercial breeding program has been seen to improve meat production from the carcass of larger-bodied pigs. The aim of this study was to Read more...

Article: Scanning beef cattle

Identifing cattle with superior muscling across the loin is difficult, but ultrasound can be used to enable breeders to select animals with superior loins and avoid those with a Read more...

Four Teated Sheep

Alexander Graham Bell (first person to patent the telephone) was one of the first people to record the existence of sheep with extra teats – noting in his flock that initially Read more...

Performance Recording Beltex Sheep

Performance recording is vitally important for all breeders wishing to identify the animals best suited to their customers' ewe type, farm type and market. By keeping records of Read more...

AHDB Beef and Lamb Aims to Help Pedigree Sheep Breeders Maximise Potential

Effective marketing has come under the spotlight in a new AHDB Beef and Lamb publication aimed at helping pedigree sheep breeders reap greater rewards from their Read more...

Utilising Maternal Trait EBVs in Beef Breeding Programmes

Beef bulls have a major impact on the quality of the UK suckler herd as all suckler cows are sired by a beef bull. To improve the efficiency of the national herd it is therefore Read more...

Genome wide scanning in beef cattle

Great strides have made in the study of molecular genetics. In a relatively short space of time information about an animal’s genetic make up will be used to enhance traditional Read more...

New Factsheet on Lambing Ease EBVs

The recording of lambing ease scores is a routine part of the Texel Birth Notification process and EBVs are now available for this economically important trait. This Read more...

New Maternal Index for Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn breeders

New tools for spotting profitable Dorsets Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn breeders now have a better tool to help identify their most profitable sheep thanks to a new Signet Read more...

New Bluefaced Leicester leaflet available

New Bluefaced Leicester Leaflet produced by AHDB Beef and Lamb A new Bluefaced Leicester leafet can be Read more...

New Factsheet – Harnessing molecular genetics

In recent years, great strides have been made in the study of molecular genetics. In the future, livestock breeding programmes will make use of information that explains what is Read more...

New Highland Cattle Leaflet

AHDB Beef and Lamb Better Returns and Signet Breeding Services have produced a new leaflet for Highland Cattle Breeders. The new leaflet can be downloaded from the page Read more...

New report: The Impact of Generation Interval (Feb 2011)

Pedigree breeders often ask how they can make faster genetic progress within their flocks. The rate of genetic change achieved within a flock is dependant on three things: • Read more...