Signet recording update

Some useful info if you are considering recording

UPDATE ON EBV RECORDING SERVICES: On Monday Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, attended an AHDB meeting on the future of sheep recording in relation to EBVs. This meeting follows the Abacus Bio review which was carried out in 2015 and aimed to help set the future for a sheep recording programme suitable for the UK. Phil reports: “AHDB announced that the fees for Signet recording are to be held in relation to the paper based service. But for producers using electronic and online services, fees are to be reduced and all existing clients should have been notified about this. The combined EBV breed analysis is taking longer than expected and is now due to be completed and released in 2018, although some information may be available in 2017. Views on future traits for recording have been collected and include lamb vigour, reasons behind lamb mortality, ewe behaviour at lambing and ewe longevity (with many already using ‘fating codes’ for ewe deaths). Importantly, two thirds of views collected asked for the option to scan lambs at a younger age, something that has often been mentioned to me by breeders who feel that scanning at 21 weeks results in figures which don’t reflect the normal slaughter age of lambs. As a result, Signet are now offering to scan at 17 weeks but advise that lambs are within a weight range average of 35kgs and 30kgs at the lightest.” Existing Signet clients should be aware of these changes and potential new clients can contact find contact details at


Taken from the NSA weekly email update.