Signet's new genetic analysis for terminal sire breeds

By Suffolk Sheep Society 24th October, 2018

An important change is coming

In 2019 Signet will relaunch the genetic evaluation services provided for terminal sire breeds. The new service will deliver a range of AHDB-funded research through a multi-breed evaluation, including eight new estimated breeding values (EBVs) and a major change to existing traits, expressing breeding values on a more commercially focused, weight-adjusted basis.

This exciting new approach will result in some of the biggest changes to Signet analyses in the last 20 years, with all breeding values being re-based for the first time since 1990.

Join Signet staff to understand how these changes will influence your flock and your breed. Samuel Boon, Signet Manager, is leading each workshop to review the new analysis, as well as updating breeders about pioneering work within RamCompare, the value of inbreeding software and discussing the new Signet database, being launched in April.

Preliminary Results

To help discussion, Signet clients attending each workshop will be given a set of preliminary EBVs from the new analysis showing the genetic merit of their lamb crop, so please book your place in plenty of time for this report to be produced.

Booking is essential

To book your place ring the AHDB Events Hub on 01904 771212 or email

Dates and meeting venues

Wednesday 7 November 2018, 17.30 - 21.00
Whitland RFC, Caxton House, King Edward Street, Whitland, Carms, SA34 0AA

Thursday 8 November, 10.00 - 14.00
HCC Office, Aberystwyth, SY23 3FF, Postcode for Sat Nav – SY23 3JQ

Thursday 8 November, 17.30 - 21.00
Welshpool Livestock Market, Buttington Cross, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8SR

Friday 9 November, 14.00 - 17.00
Endmoor Farm, Main Street, Endmoor, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0EX

Thursday 15 November, 14.00 - 17.00
Hall Farm Croxby Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN7 6BW

Friday 16 November, 10.00 - 13.00
AHDB Events Office, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR

Monday 19th November, 14.00 - 17.00
QMS Office, Rural Centre, West Mains, Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8NZ

Wednesday 21 November, 17.30 - 21.00
White Swan Hotel, Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TD

Friday 23 November, 14.00 - 17.00
Charollais Sheep Society Office, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0RR

Tuesday 27 November 2018, 17.30 - 21.00
Best Western Hotel, Blundell's Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 4DB

Tuesday 11 December, 17.30 - 21.00
Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5XZ

Thursday 13 December, 17.30 - 21.00
Adair Arms Hotel, 1-7 Ballymoney Road, Ballymena, BT43 5BS

Monday 17 December, 14.00 – 17.00
AHDB Headquarters, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, CV8 2TL

Will there be additional meetings?

Signet are happy to put on additional meetings in 2019, particularly for small groups of breeders meeting around a kitchen table. If you wish to host a small gathering in your region please get in touch with Signet directly. Tel: 0247 647 8829. We also welcome the opportunity to talk to regional Breed Society clubs.

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