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For the sheep industry to maximise its return on investment in genetics, it is imperative to:
This project will deliver training to ram buyers, ram breeders and their service providers to increase understanding and adoption of genetic technologies within the industry. Through building capacity and skills in those that provide advice and support to commercial ram buyers and breeders the project will provide a platform for continued adoption of genetic technologies post CRC.
The 2010 Sheep CRC Survey found that approximately 38% of commercial sheep producers currently make “some use” of ASBV information in their ram buying decisions. The figure is lower for wool producers (30%) compared to mixed wool/prime lamb producers (41%).
By June 2014 this project aims to increase the utilisation of ASBVs by ram buyers; to 50% for mixed wool/prime lamb producers and 40% for wool producers. To achieve this target the combined activities of Project 1.1 (Bred Well Fed Well) and Project 1.5 (Genetics training) will need to change the practices of 3,000 producers.
The sheep industry has invested heavily in the development of a national genetic benchmarking system that is delivered to industry through Sheep Genetics (LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT). This service is delivering significant rates of genetic gain to those breeders and buyers who utilise the technology. Recent investments in genomic technologies provide the opportunity to accelerate rates of genetic gain through;
Despite the availability of this rapidly advancing technology, participation by Merino breeders in MERINOSELECT and utilisation of breeding values by all commercial sheep producers remains low.
Increased utilisation of breeding values in ram breeding and ram buying decisions provides the best opportunity for the industry to reap the gains from the vast investment in that has occurred in genetics R&D.
This project will impact on decision making processes across the genetics supply chain by;
The activities of this project are described under six key components;