Scottish Blackface ewe and lamb on hillside in Scotland© Tony Hamblin/FLPA/imageBROKER/Rex Shutterstock

The issue of performance recording hill sheep was brought back into focus at this year’s Sheep Breeders Roundtable.

Passionate arguments rest on both sides, but many geneticists believe the time is right to embrace technologies to make the activity more practical for those farming the high hills of the UK.

The genetic gain through estimated breeding values (EBVs) is valued at £10.7m/year to the sheep sector, largely stemming from terminal sire improvements.

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So could the massive benefits of EBVs translate to a hill breeding scenario?

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