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AI Rams for 2017 Lambing

RamCompare is pleased to announce that six new sires have been selected for performance testing in 2017. These rams will be used via AI on either two or three of the trial farms. Data collected on their progeny will help to strengthen statistical comparisons made between other rams already on test and those that will be used for natural matings.

The rams are as follows:

Texel

Stainton Vantage II, WPS1400599 was the top price lamb at the English Premier in 2014 at 5400gns. He was bought by James Draper, Claybury Texels and has been used widely in the Claybury, Hope Valley and Glanllyn flocks with 130 progeny on the ground. This Anglezarke Uno son, represents a widely used bloodline that is new to RamCompare. He has excellent EBVs for growth and muscling, as well as tending to be leaner than many of the sires on test – hence the projects interest in the time taken to finish his lambs.

Stainton Vantage II Image by Catherine MacGregor and supplied by Claybury Texels

Stainton Vantage II
Image by Catherine MacGregor and supplied by Claybury Texels

Suffolk

Hans Fokker 95, T79:13:095 with 182 lambs on the ground is a modern Suffolk by the influential Sandyknowe Etterick 07-1 purchased at Kelso for a record price for a Suffolk shearling at the time. His sire has 480 progeny on the ground and was still active as a 6 shear. A trait leader for 8 week weight and muscling across the loin, this breeding line is known to perform well in other research projects and we await to see how his progeny will perform with great interest.

CT scan showing the gigot measurement of Hans Fokker

CT scan showing the gigot measurement of Hans Fokker

Charollais

Wedderburn Peleus, 15WNY02086 was purchased at the English Premier Sale in July 2014 by a syndicate of recorded breeders and is expected to have a lot of lambs on the ground in 2016. Sired by Parkgate Outlaw, he brings new genetics into RamCompare with trait leading EBVs for growth and carcase traits. Progeny are expected to be fatter than some of the breeding lines on test and it will be interesting to see what impact this has on their finishing times.

Wedderburn Peleus Image kindly supplied by the Charollais Sheep Society

Wedderburn Peleus
Image kindly supplied by the Charollais Sheep Society

Hampshire Down

Court 12077 General, 73R12077 is an important stock ram bred and used by Mike Adams. With progeny in three flocks already, he was purchased by a different group of breeders last autumn and will be used even more widely in the coming year. This Whitehead Crusador (141 progeny) son brings high EBVs for growth and muscling to the project.

court general hampshire down

Meatlinc

Thorganby HRF:04775 is simply the top Meatlinc ram in the country. He has an index over 500 and through the use of Computed Tomography, which every Meatlinc ram is subjected to prior to use – he is ranked as a trait leader for the yield of muscle in his carcase. He also has superior EBVs for gigot muscularity. The ram will be used more widely in the scheme in the future and this is an exciting opportunity to see how his commercial progeny perform.

Thorganby 2016 AI Sire

 

Natural service sires for mating in 2106 / lambing in 2017

RamCompare is pleased to announce that 24 new sires have been selected for performance testing in 2017. Four new rams have been provided to each of the six farms for natural service groups, they will be used alongside some of the rams used last year to strengthen linkage between the years.

Data will be collected on progeny born 2017 from lambing through to slaughter (up to 22 weeks of age) and will add to the substantial data set already created from 3674 lambs born during 2016. Performance will be assessed in comparison to all rams already on test in 2015/2016 from both artificial insemination and natural mating groups.

The new rams are as follows:

Philip Whitehouse – Bradley Farm, Gloucestershire

Cannahars 715 – Flockbook number 15KF00715

Charollais bred by H.E.G. Davies in Aberdeenshire and supplied by Robert Gregory, Shropshire. This son of Loaningfoot Lieutenant Brown had nine recorded progeny in 2016 and an index over 300.

Gregory Canahars Panache Charollais 2016 Bradley Farm

Vines 3061 – Flockbook number EV:1503061

Meatlinc provided by Edward and Richard Vines, Herefordshire. A homebred ram reared under extensive commercial conditions from breeding lines that have been CT scanned. Index 382

Bradley Meatlinc EV1503061 Whitehouse

Sampfordel 390 – Flockbook number HRH:15:00390

Suffolk bred by Kathleen Hill, Suffolk. This is a homebred Sandyknowe Ettrick grandson with EBVs in the Top 5% of the breed. Index £4.57

K Hill Suffolk 2016 Bradley 3

Elkstone 1742 – Flockbook number HME1501742

Texel bred by Matt Hobbs, Gloucestershire with Goldies Upperhand and Livery Predator in his pedigree. Index 322

Matt Hobbs Texel 2016 Bradley 2

Kimbolton Voyager – Flockbook number PPK1400417

Texel ram provided by Paul Phillips, Herefordshire will be used for a second year at Bradley Farm. Son of Avon Vale Real Deal with an index exceeding 380.

Claire and Sion Williams – Beili Ficer Farm, Carmarthenshire

Bould 1675 – Flockbook number 15CJ01675

Charollais bred by Gwyn Meyrick and sons, Oxfordshire and sired by Sheldon on the Ball. Index 346 and a high scan weight EBV indicating superior genes for growth rate.

Beili Ficer G Meyrick & Sons Charollais 15CJ01675 S & C Williams Beili Ficer

Vines 3051 – Flockbook number EV:1503051

Meatlinc provided by Edward and Richard Vines, Herefordshire. A homebred ram reared under extensive commercial conditions. Index 359

Beili Ficer Vines EV1503051 Sion and Claire Williams

Stonedge 1124 – Flockbook number LYN:15:01124

Suffolk provided by Matt Prince, Derbyshire. A homebred ram with Bentley Royal Standard and Drinkstone genetics in his back pedigree. Index £5.27. This ram has a Top 1% EBV for gigot muscularity.

Beili Ficer Suffolk Matt Prince Beili Ficer 1

Penygelli 1802 – Flockbook number PAP1501802

Texel bred by Alwyn Phillips, Gwynedd. This Boghouse Ultra Muscle son is a trait leader for gigot muscularity and lean meat yield, with an index of 431

Beili Ficer A Phillips Texel PAP1501802

Tynewydd 927 – Flockbook number MDY1400927

Texel ram provided by Deri Morgan, Powys will be used alongside these new sires for a second year at Beili Ficer Farm with 83 progeny to date

Antony Pearce – Moat Farm, Buckinghamshire

Tilton 1267 – Flockbook number 15YPP01267

Charollais bred by Alan and Rebecca Thomas and son Andrew, Leicestershire. A homebred ram with an index of 390. Son of Grange Morse with a high EBV for scan weight at 14.31kg.

Moat Farm Thomas Charollais 4 July 2016

Whitehead 471 – Flockbook number 64T1500471

Hampshire Down bred by Robert and Kay Vincent, Carmarthenshire. This son of Pode Hole 12008 Endyminion has an 8 week weight EBV of 4.94kg. Index 294

Moat Farm Vincent Hampshire Down Moat Farm 2016

Sandyknowe Sole Trader – Flockbook number Y13:13:161

Suffolk provided by Charles and Matt Harding, Warwickshire and bred by Malcolm Stewart. A former pedigree stock ram with an index of £4.58 and over 100 progeny already on the ground in pedigree flocks.

Sandyknowe Sole Trader

Suffolk Correction

Handbank 573 – Flockbook number PRH1500573

Texel ram was bred by R M & E A Anne Payne, South Yorkshire and was purchased by Peter Baber who used him as a lamb last year, all progeny recorded. Goldies Supreme in his back pedigree. Index 480

 

Aspley 386 – Flockbook number 92W1400386

Hampshire Down ram bred by George and Sara Wood, Warwickshire will be used for a second year at Moat farm. This ram is a son of Aspley 13247 Shackleton and has 75 progeny on the ground. Index over 350.

Sion Williams – Bowhill Estate, Selkirk

Logiedurno 12375 – Flockbook number 15ZNN12375

Charollais ram bred by W C Ingram and sons, Aberdeenshire. This ram is well muscled and lean with a muscle depth EBV of 4.34mm and -0.78 for fat depth . Index 322

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Allison 11681 – Flockbook number GA:1511681

Meatlinc ram bred by George Allison, Lanarkshire. This ram has a muscle depth EBV of 8.63mm placing him in the top 1% of the breed for the carcase trait. Index 393

Bowhill M Linc 3 July 2016

Midhope 822 – Flockbook number L20:15:00822

Suffolk bred by John Key, South Yorkshire. A homebred ram with Sandyknowe Ettrick and Sandyknowe Tweed in his back pedigree. Index £3.16

Bowhill John Key L20 15 00822 Sion Bowhill

Rugley 5263 – Flockbook number JER1505263

Texel ram bred by Alan Jackson, Northumberland. A homebred ram with an index of 402 with Cambwell Trademark and Sportsmans Supreme in his back pedigree. This ram places in the top 10% for the breed.

Bowhill Jackson Texel 7 July 2016

Essie 621 – Flockbook number H6:14:00612

Suffolk ram bred by Irene Fowlie, Aberdeenshire will be used for a second year at Bowhill Estate. This ram is in the top 1% for growth and carcase traits. Index £6.06

Duncan Nelless – Thistleyhaugh, Northumberland

Wedderburn 2192 – Flockbook number 15WNY02192

Charollais ram bred by Janet Corbett, Gloucestershire. Index 416 with Carnew Nijinski and Parkgate Outlaw in his back pedigree the same as the new AI sire Wedderburn Peleus chosen for 2017.

Thistleyhaugh Corbett 15WNY02192 Nelless

Graylen 2085 – Flockbook number 24Y1502085

Hampshire Down bred by Judith Galbraith, Cumbria. This ram has a muscle depth in top 1% of the breed is a son of Graylen 10008 D’artagnan. Index 275

Thistleyhaugh Judith Galbraith 24Y 15 02085 Hampshire Down Duncan Nelless 2016

Midhope 943 – Flockbook number L20:15:00943

Suffolk bred by John Key, South Yorkshire. Index of £4.38, with Perrinpit Peacemaker and Drinkstone Supersire 04 in his back pedigree.

L20 15 00901

Stonedge Wallykazam – Flockbook number YDP1500991

Texel bred by Matt Prince, Derbyshire. Index of 416, Livery Predator and Goldies Supreme in his back pedigree, a small amount of progeny on the ground in the Hightecs flock.

Thistleyhaugh Matt Prince Texel D Nelless YDP1500991

Two rams will be used for a second year at Thistleyhaugh farm including:

Rugley 4080 – Flockbook number 10P:14:04080

Suffolk ram bred by Alan Jackson, Northumberland. March born ram with extremely high EBVs for Scan Weight and Muscle Depth.

Foulrice 4690 – Flockbook number 14DG04690

Charollais ram bred by Charles & Valerie Marwood, Yorkshire. March born, high index son of senior stock ram at Foulrice, Dalby Mount Aloe – who has over 550 lambs already on the ground. This ram is from a breeding line with high levels of muscling across the loin.

Ian Robertson – Chawton Park Farm, Hampshire

Logiedurno Navigator – Flockbook number 13ZNN07239

Charollais ram supplied by Tony Gregory, Buckinghamshire and Carroll Barber, Norfolk used a stock ram for both flocks, with 170 progeny on the ground in a number of flocks. The most willing of candidates for semen collection but don’t turn your back on him, he has more than one sport! Index 383

Chawton Park 2016 077

Yarcombe 151761 Dynamo – Flockbook number 30N1501761

Hampshire Down supplied by H C Derryman and Sons, Devon. Progeny on the ground in the Blackdown flock. Index 303 placing this ram well into the top 5% of the breed.

Yarcombe Hampshire Down 2016 Chawton Park

Wealdon 1312 – Flockbook number HTW1501312

Texel bred by Tim Healy, West Sussex. This son of Teiglum Vision has an index of 445 placing this ram in the top 1% of the Texel breed.Chawton Park Tim Healy Texel as a lamb

Chawton Park Tim Healy 2016 065

Whichford First Class – Flockbook number C18:15:00001

Suffolk bred by Bruce & Ruth Cook, Warwickshire. Index £5.53, Midhope Masterclass and Perrinpit Peacemaker in his back pedigree.

Whichford First Class Bruce Cook Chawton Park 2016

Two rams will be used for a second year at Chawton Park Farm including:

Dalby 3089 – Flockbook number 14PE03089

Charollais ram bred by Charles and Helen Sercombe, Leicestershire. This son of Dalby Lazelle now has 125 progeny on the ground. Index over 380.

Micklehills 3355 – Flockbook number 14ZWA03355

Charollais ram from Victoria Sercombe’s flock, Leicestershire. This son of Dalby Next GT has high growth rate EBVs and good muscling.