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Scottish sheep strategy: phase II

Summary

Trials on three farms were completed over two years.

Gross returns per lamb from High Index sires in comparison to Farm Choice sires

Lambing Year

Gross Return (£/lamb)

Dumfries House

Kings Arms

Wellheads

Breed

Suffolk tups on mule ewes

Suffolk tups on mule  ewes

Suffolk tups on Mule ewes

2011

£1.19

£3.91

£3.13

2012

£3.12

£2.26

-£2.04

Overall Returns

£4.31

£6.17

£1.09

Average Return p.a.

£2.16

£3.09

£0.55

 

Planned activity:

EBLEX staff supported QMS with a press launch. Widespread coverage was achieved in the farming press.

Sector:
Beef & Lamb
Project code:
73408
Date:
01 April 2011 - 31 March 2013
Funders:
AHDB Beef & Lamb
Project leader:
SRUC

Downloads

73408 Final Report 2013

About this project

The Problem:

Low levels of uptake of performance recording and performance recorded stock in pedigree and commercial sectors respectively

 

Project Aims:

To demonstrate the benefits of high genetic merit breeding sheep within the context of ordinary commercial flocks

 

Approach:

High and low genetic merit rams to be used in three commercial ewe flocks over two seasons and the results of finished lambs compared.  The third year of the trial is optional for one farm and, if taken up, will examine the maternal performance of the females bred in Year 1.

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