Who is running the RamCompare project?
The RamCompare project is being managed by a consortium of partners from right along the UK sheep industry supply chain. It is financed by AHDB Beef and Lamb, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), Quality Meat Scotland and Agrisearch, with support provided by the Sainsbury’s ‘Big Data’ Agriculture R&D Grant Scheme, Randall Parker Foods, Dunbia and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). For more information about project partners click here
How long will the RamCompare project run for?
The project will begin in May 2015 and will last for two years.
What is the aim of the RamCompare project?
The RamCompare project will enable the performance of progeny by different rams to be compared under commercial conditions, therefore it will be an important step in allowing animals to be compared irrespective of breed.
The ambition is that, in time, one genetic analysis will be produced that will encompass data from all terminal sire breeds.
How were the rams for the RamCompare project chosen?
67 rams from five breeds – Texel, Suffolk, Charollais, Hampshire Down and Meatlinc – have been selected to be representative of the top 20 per cent of their breed based on their estimated breeding values (EBVs). The AI sires have been selected to have good linkage with other pedigree flocks. Information about the rams can be seen here
How were the flocks for the RamCompare project chosen?
The team selected farms based on their experience of using electronic identification and collecting performance records, their ability to dedicate in excess of 320 ewes to the project and the genetic uniformity of the ewes being used on the test.
What makes the RamCompare project so unique?
This will be the first time a commercial progeny test has been established in the UK on this scale. It will enable the performance of progeny by different rams to be compared under commercial conditions, therefore it will be an important step in allowing animals to be compared irrespective of breed.