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Combined-breed genetic evaluations allow multiple breeds of sheep to be evaluated simultaneously, enabling Signet to provide UK breeders with a monthly genetic evaluation and the opportunity to accelerate rates of genetic improvement.

The new service will be:

  • Easier to interpret
  • More accurate (particularly for crossbreds)
  • Enables breed comparison where linkage exists between flocks
  • Enable a more frequent and efficient genetic evaluation service to be delivered

Each of these issues is expected to lead to a greater uptake of existing breeding technologies by both ram breeders and commercial ram buyers.

The new analysis, known as the National Terminal Sire Evaluation, will be rolled out in 2019.

Information about the new analysis is provided below:

Beltex

Blue Texel

Bleu du Maine

Charollais

Dorset

Hampshire Down

Meatlinc

Shropshire

Southdown

Suffolk

Texel (non Society)

Vendeen