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Farmer Initiated Technology and Transfer (FITT) Programme

Maximising Animal Growth Rate Through Genetics

Project Name

Project Objectives

A comparison of the performance of different breeds and crosses of sheep (PDF 41 Kb)
(00FT71)

To compare the management requirements and physical and financial performance of Romney, Coopworth, Perendale, Texel-cross and Finn-cross sheep in order to determine their suitability for use on Southland sheep farms.

The customisation of bull selection using economically relevant traits and the Internet
(PDF 444KB) (99FT54)

To adapt a current bull selection database based on Expected Breeding Values (EBVs) to report on the basis of Economically Relevant Traits (ERTs). The new database will allow easy recording on-farm and allow records to be filed and reports returned via e-mail. The Internet will be used to promote the new database.

South Suffolk ram hogget progeny trial (2) (PDF 37 Kb)
(99FT53 no new report)

To follow up a previous trial (98FT17) by progeny testing top South Suffolk rams throughout New Zealand in order to demonstrate the value of using improved/performance-recorded sires.

A series of workshops on genetic improvement in sheep flocks (2) (PDF 101 Kb)
(99FT51 no report)

To run a series of workshops for farmers, along the lines of previous workshops (98FT22), to explain and encourage the use of estimated breeding values, sire referencing results and objectively bred rams.

Promoting the advantages of using objectively measured Suffolk sires (PDF 27 Kb)
(98FT24)

To increase commercial farmers' knowledge of the benefits of using objectively measured sires for the production of lambs with high quality meat cuts.

A series of workshops on genetic improvement in sheep flocks (PDF 101 Kb)
(98FT22)

To run a series of workshops for farmers to explain and encourage the use of estimated breeding values, sire referencing results and objectively bred rams, in order to ensure genetic gain in Otago and Southland sheep flocks.

A comparison of the performance of various breeds and strains of sheep (PDF 31 Kb)
(98FT19)

To compare the performance of East Friesian/Finn, Finn/Romney, Coopworth and Romney sheep to establish their suitability for making significant improvements on a current production plateau of 136% docking and 15.4 kg average lamb carcass weight at weaning.

South Suffolk ram hogget progeny trial (PDF 37 Kb)
(98FT17)

To progeny test top South Suffolk rams throughout New Zealand in order to demonstrate the value of using improved/performance-recorded sires.

Encouraging ram breeders to utilise the New Zealand Sheep Breeders' Association performance recording system
(97FT05) NO REPORT AVAILABLE

To encourage ram breeders to utilise the New Zealand Sheep Breeders Association performance recording system. This should help to maximise the effectiveness of the Animal Breeding Trust's genetic engine and enhance genetic gain in New Zealand sheep flocks.

A workshop and publication on sheep crossbreeding
(97FT03) NO REPORT AVAILABLE

To run a workshop and produce a comprehensive handbook for farmers discussing sheep crossbreeding strategies and possible results.

For further information please contact:

Rebecca Withers
Meat & Wool Innovation Ltd, Wellington
phone 04 471 6032
e-mail rebecca.withers@mwi.co.nz

 

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