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Bleu du Maine remain involved in RamCompare – winter update 2018

RamCompare is a major industry sheep breeding initiative and the first commercial progeny test in the UK for terminal sire rams. In the first three seasons over 6,600 ewes were mated to 138 leading rams and updated results incorporating 2108 born lambs will be released in April 2019.

Data collected throughout the supply chain has led to new approaches in assessing the performance of pedigree animals and new estimated breeding values (EBVs) have been developed. Carcase traits including carcase weight, carcase confirmation and carcase fat class EBVs were released last year.

The updated results will incorporate over 12,000 lamb records and new breeding values for primal yield and shear force (tenderness) will be included bringing leading flocks into the spotlight.  Breeders will be able to use these EBVs to market their rams in the future and commercial producers will be able to utilise these EBVs to select Signet recorded rams to produce progeny who will meet target specification.

 

2018 lambs produced – Bleu Du Maine sired lambs were produced from Lleyn ewes at Philip Whitehouse’s farm in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire and have been included in the data analysis.

 

Registered name

Type

Breeder

Lambs produced

Year

Burford Hercules JOB:H0045

AI sire

Julie Bury

41

2018

Rumwell Open World JER:160102

Natural Service

Janet Richardson

44

2018

Registered name

Type

Breeder

Ewes mated

Year

Whinholme AP:171075

Natural Service

Robin Johnson

40

2018

 

2018 mating season – A new Bleu du Maine ram has been purchased from Robin Johnson and has been used across North Country Mule ewe at Hutts Farm, Ripon this mating season. Lambs are due in May 2019.

 

Get involved:

Nominations open on Monday 7th January 2019 and breeders can nominate their own rams/semen for selection. Closing 8th March, successful candidates will be confirmed in April. All performance recorded terminal sire breeds are eligible. Carcase and growth traits should be in the top 25 per cent of the breed.

Contact: bridget.lloyd@ahdb.org.uk - twitter @ramcompare.com - www.ramcompare.com

 

 

 

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