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EasyRams Recording

   
       
  Recording Performance and Functional traits of our flock is vital to its improvement.

Adopting the maxim “If you do not measure it how can you select it?” we will only be able to deliver to clients rams that do a better job for them year on year through the improvement of our own flock.

All our sheep are recorded with Signet ( UK ) and SIL ( NZ ) and we will publish on our website both Terminal and Maternal Figures for all sale rams ( Shearlings and Lambs ). SIL figures are particularly useful as they allow us to rank all our rams – Suffolk, Texel and Sufftex on the same basis and also allow us to use background data on all sheep imported from New Zealand.


What do we record ?

  • Birth Weights
  • Lambing ease and vigour
  • 8 week Wts to assess ewes milking ability and early growth
  • Weaning Wts – the most important measurement
  • 20 Wk Wt muscle depth and fat depth (measured ultrasonically through the loin) By scanning over 800 lambs a year we scan more Suffolks and more Texels than any other UK ram breeder.
  • CT (Computed Tomography) Scan. At least 40 of our top ram lambs are CT scanned each year to give use extra information on carcase composition including meat yield loin length and gigot shape. We CT scan the most Suffolk and Texel ram lambs in the UK each year.

Estimated breeding values - EBV's


All the relevant data on an individual sheep ( and on his relatives ) is analysed to produce individual trait EBVs that can be combined to give us either a Terminal or a Maternal Index or both. The Terminal Index indicates which rams will sire the quickest growing and most meaty offspring, whilst the Maternal index shows the rams that will breed the best ewes.

     
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