Case Studies 2020
RamCompare, the National Progeny Test for Terminal Sires is one of the largest sheep breeding projects ever established in the UK. Behind every farm, every breeder, every ram and every trait there is a wealth of information from which we can learn more about the way we breed recorded rams and use them on commercial farms.
Here are some of the stories that show the value of this work and the impact recorded genetics can make in the industry.
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Abattoir data shows producers can increase carcase weights, reduce days to slaughter and achieve carcase premiums if they select rams carefully
Finding the most valuable sires at Chawton Park
Considering the importance of speed of finishing and carcase value when selecting rams for a May lambing flock.
Increasing flock efficiency
Welsh farm identifies potential gains of £5.55/lamb by increasing carcase value and reducing days to slaughter.
Thistleyhaugh data reveals a £5/lamb benefit
"Using high index sires our lambs have consistently killed out with heavier carcases, drawn at the same weight - with a higher percentage falling into the 2-3L specification" Duncan Nelless
Three weeks faster finising at Bowhill
Differences of £3-£4/lamb were seen between rams of varying genetic merit, but a reduction in days to slaughter of 3 weeks requires careful thought.
£4/lamb lift in carcase values at Bradley Farm
Gains through faster finishing and higher lamb values generate an extra £1000 over a ram's lifetime
Organic farm profits from performance
“From Hutts farm we have seen an improvement in carcase conformation and carcase weight, coupled with a reduction in days to slaughter. A triple whammy!" says Mark Exelby
Making weight pay in later lambing flocks
Gains of £4-5/per lamb can be observed from the leading genetic lines in this later lambing flock, where carcase weight and conformation drive economic performance
Hear the stories behind many of the top performing breeding lines, who bred them and why they have performed so well.
Meatlinc top for growth
Breeding groups selection for growth pays off, as Meatlinc comes top in Yorkshire
Easyrams - Prioritising primal yield pays off
Using CT scanning to increase yield pays off as SuffTex ram comes top for primal yield in the hindquarter
Charollais top for Shear Force (again)
Shear Force is an indicator of tenderness, one of the main factors influencing consumer acceptability when it comes to eating lamb. Find out about the top performing rams for this interesting trait.
Successful first year for Southdowns
Southdown ram from the Andersey flock has top genetics for loin primal weight in large commercial trial
Hampshire Down: Top for Days to Slaughter
Selecting for growth rate pays off, as Hampshire Down ram is top for Days to Slaughter