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RamCompare - Phase III Opportunities Announced

New rams and farms sought as RamCompare Phase III funding announced

Improving efficiency and reducing costs are both key drivers for any business. But for sheep breeders involved with the RamCompare project, investing in a ram with the right genetic merit for their system has proved to tick both boxes.

After the initial five years of research, funding has now been confirmed to allow the third phase of the project to get underway later this year.

Ram nominations are open

RamCompare is seeking performance recorded rams and semen for the coming season. The closing date is 14th May 2021.  

RamCompare is the UK’s commercial progeny test for terminal sires. Phase III funding has been announced which will widen the scope of the project and enable greater use to be made of abattoir data within genetic evaluations.

RamCompare - Recruiting New Flocks as Phase III Announced

We are recruiting new flocks to join RamCompare

In March 2021 funding was announced to develop the next phase of RamCompare. We are looking for additional commercial sheep farms to join the project and support our data collection activities. Ideally we would like to recruit new farms in England, Scotland and Wales to join the project.

Recording Crossbred Sheep

Selling rams for breeding is all about genetics. In recent years, farmers have become more aware of the benefits of adapting breeds to meet the needs of their system. To help identify the best sheep to use for breeding, which will improve the following year’s lamb crop, Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) have been produced. 


This article explains how the Harding family developed the Aberblack; a modern, hybrid terminal sire.

New Signet Publication

By performance recording with Signet breeders can add value to their sheep enterprise in two ways, increasing ram sales and enhancing flock productivity.

In an era where livestock producers use genetic information to make informed decisions, it is important not to be left behind. Signet data gives ram buyers the confidence to invest in the best.

Whether you sell from home, auction or online, clearly it pays to record. Why wait? Join Signet today and start unlocking the potential of your flock

North York Moors Swaledale Project completed

In 2017, a group of 6 North Yorkshire Swaledale breeders, with the help of AHDB Beef & Lamb, Signet Breeding Services and Kate Phillips, set out to prove that existing technologies could be used in the hills and uplands to improve the performance of their flocks. This has included genetic evaluation and meat yield assessment. The project has demonstrated that performance r ...

Raburn Hampshire Down flock wins the Kelsey Trophy for most genetic gain

The Raburn flock wins the Kelsey Trophy for the Hampshire Down Flock making the most genetic progress in 2020 The coveted Kelsey Trophy, awarded to the performance recording breeder making the most genetic gain in the year, has gone to Joe and Rachel Henry and their Raburn flock for their 2020 crop of lambs. Using Signet Breeding Services performance recording, the Henry’s wer ...

Breeding for Health and Welfare Traits

Samuel Boon from Signet recently spoke at the SHAWG conference on genetic aspects to consider when breeding for health and welfare traits. The content can be found here, with Sam speaking at around 35 minutes in.  Further videos and webinars are available at here ...

Sheep Breed Survey Launched

Britain’s sheep producers are being encouraged to fill out national breed survey

Sheep producers in Britain are being urged to fill in the national Sheep Breed Survey, which is out this week. Jointly funded by AHDB, QMS and HCC, the national Sheep Breed Survey is an important reference point for researchers, funders and policy makers.

Those registered with British Wool will receive a postal copy, but all other sheep producers are being urged to take part in the survey and can acquire a copy online or by contacting AHDB directly.

Serum IgA testing - 2020

Serum IgA testing 2020 IgA testing will be provided by Biobest Labs in 2020. The test is priced at £5.50/sample (saliva or serum). Please contact Biobest before samples are dispatched as the test is offered on the basis of prior agreement only. Samples need to be accompanied by the Submission Form. Please send samples to: Biobest Laboratories Ltd6 Charles Darwin HouseThe ...