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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Texel bred by Matt Hobbs, Gloucestershire with Goldies Upperhand and Livery Predator in his pedigree. Index 322
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
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.
Meatlinc provided by Edward and Richard Vines, Herefordshire. A homebred ram reared under extensive commercial conditions. Index 359
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Suffolk bred by John Key, South Yorkshire. A homebred ram with Sandyknowe Ettrick and Sandyknowe Tweed in his back pedigree. Index £3.16
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.
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
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.
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
Suffolk bred by John Key, South Yorkshire. Index of £4.38, with Perrinpit Peacemaker and Drinkstone Supersire 04 in his back pedigree.
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.
Two rams will be used for a second year at Thistleyhaugh farm including:
Suffolk ram bred by Alan Jackson, Northumberland. March born ram with extremely high EBVs for Scan Weight and Muscle Depth.
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
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
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.
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.
Suffolk bred by Bruce & Ruth Cook, Warwickshire. Index £5.53, Midhope Masterclass and Perrinpit Peacemaker in his back pedigree.
Two rams will be used for a second year at Chawton Park Farm including:
Charollais ram bred by Charles and Helen Sercombe, Leicestershire. This son of Dalby Lazelle now has 125 progeny on the ground. Index over 380.
Charollais ram from Victoria Sercombe’s flock, Leicestershire. This son of Dalby Next GT has high growth rate EBVs and good muscling.