MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS

Performance recording forms a basis for positive selection of breeding stock, based on a whole range of economically important criteria which are crucial for breeders.

When making a visual assessment of a ram to select breeding stock, much of what you see may be a result of management rather than genetics.

Using research and technology to performance record gives a more accurate indication of an animals’ breeding potential and the improvements he can make to overall flock performance, either for breeding replacement stock or store and finished lambs.

The Welsh Index combines both maternal and carcass traits. Lambs performance is monitored from birth to 8 weeks, giving an accurate picture of the ewe’s maternal ability. From 8 to 20 weeks, growth and carcase traits are measured, highlighting the lambs’ own performance in this respect.

We record all of the following to assess the performance of our animals –

  • Mating records of ewes and rams.
  • Scanning results and foetal age.
  • Lambing– lambing ease, lamb vigour.
  • Lamb ID, sex and week of birth, DNA sampling to determine parentage.
  • 8 week weights.
  • Backfat scanning at 20 weeks.

 

Data gathered is sent to Signet for analysis and EBVs are calculated.

The Welsh EBV gives you the tools you need to make an informed decision for the future breeding of your flock.

Testimonials

""We have used performance recorded rams for the last 10 years over all of our ewes and are seeing significant improvements in all aspects of the flock. There is definitely a merit to using performance recorded breeding stock. 250 of our ewes are tupped annually by the performance recorded Welsh rams and lamb outside in April. The best ewe lambs are kept as replacements within the flock and they’re making top quality mothers, easy lambing with strong maternal instincts. The remainder are bred to terminal sires.

As well as their maternal performance, we are also seeing the added benefits the rams are bringing to finished lamb production on the farm. Our lambs are now killing out at 16kgs and hitting the R3L spec where we were only achieving O grade in the past.""

Owen Pritchard, Glanmor Isaf, nr Bangor

Testimonials

""We have used performance recorded rams for the last 10 years over all of our ewes and are seeing significant improvements in all aspects of the flock. There is definitely a merit to using performance recorded breeding stock. 250 of our ewes are tupped annually by the performance recorded Welsh rams and lamb outside in April. The best ewe lambs are kept as replacements within the flock and they’re making top quality mothers, easy lambing with strong maternal instincts. The remainder are bred to terminal sires.

As well as their maternal performance, we are also seeing the added benefits the rams are bringing to finished lamb production on the farm. Our lambs are now killing out at 16kgs and hitting the R3L spec where we were only achieving O grade in the past.""

Owen Pritchard, Glanmor Isaf, nr Bangor

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MEET THE PROHILL BREEDERS

Hill farming is crucial to the economy, culture and society of rural Wales, to sustain these rural areas, this group of progressive hill ram breeders are working to strengthen the Welsh sheep sector.

SALES & EVENTS

Our main sale is held annually in Peithyll, Aberystwyth. As of 2020, we are also live streaming our sales via Sell My Livestock, supporting our customers by offering additional buying options to get performance recorded hill rams working in your flock.