13 August 1999

More join Lleyn nucleus

LLEYN sheep breeders are showing interest in extending their nucleus group breeding scheme, said Signets David Evans at Lleyn 99.

"Another 11 breeders have expressed interest in joining the original six involved in the scheme." It will concentrate on traditional maternal genetic traits and not scanning for meat traits. This is because it is a ewe breed and concentrating selection in this area remains a priority, he added.

But selection criteria are tailored to meet the breeds need, he said.

"Prolificacy was 197% in the six original flocks, so there is no need to increase this. Therefore, we removed the economic weighting given to this trait, so the index is based largely on lamb growth to eight weeks." &#42