The Agriculture and Horticulture Improvement Board (AHDB) is to make new breeding values for abattoir traits an integral of the Nationwide Terminal Sire Analysis.

This shall be completed by means of its Signet Breeding Providers and can coincide with the discharge of the most recent RamCompare outcomes on Might 11, 2023.

The Nationwide Terminal Sire Analysis is a multi-breed genetic evaluation and is utilized by ram breeders and industrial ram consumers to determine sheep with the perfect genetics for development and carcase traits.

The inclusion of abattoir information for evaluation inside the Nationwide Terminal Sire Analysis will increase the affect of RamCompare by enhancing the general accuracy of information, AHDB stated.

The highest-performing rams tester has recorded over 38,500 lambs sired by 400 rams utilizing each manmade insemination (AI) and pure mating.

AHDB board member George Fell stated: “The inclusion of abattoir knowledge into the trade’s genetic evaluations will take our analyses to a brand new stage of accuracy, offering higher predictions of genetic benefit for these traits on which industrial producers are paid.

”This can be a main step that may improve the worth returned to these levy payers investing in efficiency recorded genetics.”


AHDB breeding specialist Samuel Boon stated RamCompare has supplied AHDB with seven years’ value of “strong knowledge” on genetic analysis, however that you will need to remind producers that it isn’t the one supply of abattoir knowledge out there.

”Many farmers already ship in further abattoir knowledge to complement the evaluation, which now consists of almost 4,000 Ballot Dorset and Dorset Horn carcase information,” he stated.

“Curiosity on this space is rising significantly and the RamCompare venture demonstrates its worth.”

Every year, outcomes from RamCompare’s progeny take a look at are launched as an trade webinar and proclaims the main sires for carcase weight, conformation and days to slaughter.

RamCompare is a joint-levy funded venture supported by AHDB, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), and High quality Meat Scotland (QMS); the venture can be supported by Agrisearch in Northern Eire and works with companions throughout the meals chain.