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There are a number of factors to consider when buying a ram using performance records:
- Set breeding objectives that will optimise the profitability of your flock
- Talk to the ram breeder about your requirements
- Select rams with the right Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to realise these objectives
- Review their EBVs using the search engine
- Compare each ram’s EBVs against the Breed Benchmark to identify their strengths and weaknesses
- Remember EBVs can be compared between flocks, but not between breeds
- Buy early to ensure the availability of a wide selection of recorded rams
- It pays to invest. The difference between an average ram and one with high EBVs could be worth £500 during its lifetime.
- Look after the health and nutritional requirements of your ram to ensure he has a long productive life
In this section
- Technical Information
- Why is Genetic Improvement Important?
- Selecting the Right Ram
- Estimated Breeding Values
- Interpreting Estimated Breeding Values
- Breeding Indexes
- Accuracy Values
- Ultrasound Scanning
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning
- Ram Buying Tips
- Performance Recording your Pedigree flock
- Electronic Data Transfer
- Downloading EBV's from the Internet
- Inbreeding - How to Manage it
- Inbreeding - Publications and Resources
- Recessive Inherited Diseases
- On-line Training Package
- Filling in your Ram Sale Cards
- Marketing Breeding Sheep for Better Returns
- Breeding Fit for Purpose Rams - a Blueprint for Breeders
- Print EBV Sale Charts Online
- Recording Lambing Ease and Birth Weight