Hampshire Down ram© Tim Scrivener
Estimated breeding values (EBVs) are a vital tool in deciding which rams will add the most value to your breeding flock, says independent sheep consultant Catherine Nakielny. She says traits such as growth and maternal ability cannot be accurately determined visually, particularly as maternal traits are only expressed by the ram’s daughters. “Growth rate, fat levels, maternal ability and prolificacy all need the independent evaluation provided by EBVs to determine the genetic merit of an individual.” But she reiterates EBVs […]