Unknown genetics can come out on top
Breeders often perceive that animals that are new to the Signet analysis will be forever penalised due to their lack of back data – but this example shows this is not the case.
Ballytaggart Nijinsky K75:N0019 was purchased at the Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn May Fair in 2010. Buyer Edwin Pocock admits he was “a shot in the dark” in terms of his genetic merit – but on visual appearance he looked outstanding. “I liked the look and feel of him, particularly the loin width and gigot shape” states Edwin. He was one of a Champion pair of lambs bred by Northern Irish breeder Thomas Wright.
When he came home the rams was put to 30 ewes and the performance of their lambs was impressive. As a result he has shot up the league table of leading Dorset stock rams and now has 191 lambs on the ground. His sons have also been used in the Hall Lane Flock – with one, P43:P0452 coming through with a very high index.
The Hall Lane flock are already seeing the benefits of his purchase – coming runner up in the AHDB Beef and Lamb Progressive Flock Award.
Semen is now avaialble from Nijinsky – for more information contact