Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Recordings of NSIP Webinars

The 6-part webinar series on the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) concluded on June 5. The webinar series was hosted by University of Maryland Extension.

All of the webinars have been edited and made public for viewing. The PowerPoint presentations that accompany the webinars have been uploaded to SlideShare. For links to the recordings and presentations, go to http://www.sheepandgoat.com/recordings.html#NSIP. The recordings are in the process of being converted to YouTube videos and other user-friendly formats.

NSIP is a quantitative genetic evaluation program for sheep and goat producers. NSIP calculates EBVs (estimated breeding values). An EBV is an estimate of an animal's genetic worth and a prediction of its offspring's future performance.

All "serious" sheep producers should listen to the first webinar by Dr. Robert Banks (University of New England-Australia).  All "serious" goat producers should listen to the second webinar by Dr. Ken Andries (Kentucky State University).

Producers who show their livestock are encouraged to listen to Bill Schultz's webinar. After years of showing sheep, Bill converted to a performance-based flock.


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