Webinar: Genetics of lamb survival with Dr Forbes Brien

Past Event

Fri, 27 March 2020

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Join AHDB Beef and Lamb and Dr Forbes Brien, Associate Professor  at the University of Adelaide, for a webinar looking at the genetic influences on lamb survival.

With benefits to the sheep industry derived from genetic improvement exceeding £10.7 million per annum we have tackled many of the easy to measure traits within our sheep populations to breed ewes that are more profitable, more efficient and have a lower environmental footprint.

In recent years, AHDB funded research undertaken at SRUC has developed breeding values for traits that are harder to measure and less heritable – but extremely economically important. Breeding values for lamb survival, ewe longevity and health traits like parasite resistance are now available – but how can we make them more accurate and ultimately more valuable?

The webinar will cover:

  • Genetic influences on lamb survival and ways we can improve the trait
  • The impact of changing lamb carcase traits upon ewe performance
  • The genetics of ewe behaviour
  • Optimum culling strategies

The webinar will last approximately 60 minutes, with time for questions at the end.

If you can’t make the webinar, please still register, as it will be recorded and sent to you afterwards to watch in your own time.

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