- Lambs recorded: 1466 over three years
- The sheep enterprise is part of a mixed 930ha farm
- > 700ha combinable crops, 1,000 milking goats, a suckler herd, 1,000 pedigree Lleyn ewes
- Trial ewes lamb in February and are turned out to clean grazing
- All lambs finish from grass by the end of August
- RamCompare is showing the value of measuring and recording the sheep enterprise to enable clear and informed decisions
Key finding: “The rams supplied over the years, have come in all conditions and breed types, presented from top show condition to rams in extremely commercial working clothes, however it is clear that all lambs from all sires bear no resemblance. Thus proving to us that EBVs are far more important than both ram appearance and condition. The lambs produced from all rams have produced quality lambs which is clear from a very early age.”
“There will always be a sheep industry, because these animals utilise land which other enterprises cannot benefit from but, in order to remain successful in the industry, it is vital to drive down cost of production where we can and it is clear to us that genetics play an important part in that.” Philip Whitehouse.