Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ram Buying Guide

The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) has published a Ram Buying Guide. The guide takes producers though the process of evaluating their current production levels, establishing goals for productivity, and selecting rams using EBVs to help achieve those goals.  EBVs are a much strong selection tool than raw data and centralized testing.

Selecting breeding rams is arguably the most important decision a sheep producer needs to make. After 4 generations, over 90% of the flock’s genetics are contributed by the ram. Therefore, careful consideration needs to go into each breeding decision.

The Ram Buying Guide can be downloaded from the NSIP web site at http://nsip.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/NSIP-Ram-Buying-Guide-FINAL-12-21-15.pdf.

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