Texel sheep© Tim Scrivener
Plans to introduce a combined breed analysis in sheep in a similar manner to the dairy evaluation have been met with some reservation from the UK sheep industry. UK genetic evaluations of sheep have traditionally been undertaken within purebred populations. However, with a stratified sheep industry and more than half of ewes in the national flock cross-bred, requests for a cross-breed estimated breeding values (EBVs) from these cross-breeding flocks are increasing. See also: Easy access to New Zealand sheep genetics […]