Let us Generate Opportunity from Crisis
‘Mr Watson – come here – I want to see you’, were the famous first words uttered by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant when he invented the telephone in 1875. By the 1930’s the household telephone was commonplace in affluent homes and only 20 years later it had become a standard household item.
Where would we have been without the telephone over the last 70 years? I am sure we all regularly pick up the phone to loved ones, fellow Dorset breeders and (of course) Marg Cowley our famous Breed Secretary when struggling with the Grassroots system! Over the last 70 years hundreds, if not thousands, of Dorset ewes and rams will have been traded over the phone.
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New Estimated Breeding Values to help improve results
The value of investing in a ram with the right genetic merit for your system has been highlighted in results from the third year of the RamCompare project.
The project has identified that commercial producers can identify the most profitable rams for their production system by using Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).
The latest results from the UK’s national progeny test now include new EBVs for traits like Days to Slaughter, Primal Yield and Tenderness.
RamCompare is a five year project that takes nominated Signet recorded rams from various Terminal Sire breeds and uses them on nine commercial farms in the UK. Three years in, the project has already tested 138 rams and over 12,000 of their progeny, one of the largest trials of its kind.
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