Suffolk breeders are asked to submit their 8 week weights to the Signet office before Friday the 5th of April.
The first Suffolk BLUP run of the season is approaching. Suffolk breeders are asked to submit their 8 week weights to the Signet office before Friday the 5th of April.
The 8 week weight data is analysed using a statistical procedure known as BLUP. BLUP evaluations produce Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) that highlight animals with superior genetic merit for a range of traits. The 8-Week weight EBV is a measure of an animal's genetic potential for growth from birth to 8 weeks of age. For example a Suffolk ram with an EBV of +4 for 8-week weight is expected to produce lambs which, on average, are 2 kg heavier at 8 weeks compared to lambs sired by a ram with an EBV of 0.
By following the points outlined below in relation to the collection of 8 week weights, not only will Suffolk breeders increase the accuracy of their EBVs, but they are also more likely to see the figures for genetically superior sheep within their flock increase.
The results of the first BLUP run are due to be published at the end of April. Later lambing Suffolk flocks can submit their 8 week weights at the next BLUP run of the season on Thursday the 13thof June 2013.
If you wish to join Signet please:
Shane Conway – Breeding Specialist
Tel: 024 7647 8721