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Genetic improvement provides an important way that sheep producers can enhance the performance of their flocks
Genetic improvement is:
- Permanent: Unlike with improved feeding, for example, the performance of an animal is influenced for life.
- Cumulative: Improvements made in one generation are added to those made in previous generations.
- Sustainable: Improvements can continue to be made as long as there is genetic variation. Even though the markets for animal products and the resources available for animal production are continually changing, breeding goals can be readily modified.
For these reasons at an industry level it is highly cost effective. The annual return from genetic improvement within the beef and sheep sector will exceed £20 million in 2010.
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