€uro-star rating can breed success in your flock
It's somewhat of a truism, but the ram is half the flock. Some 50pc of the genes in your lamb will come from the ewe, and 50pc from the ram.
If we want to change the make-up of our lambs, the quickest way to do it is to change the ram used for breeding.
The type of ram is driven by a number of factors, including the target market, whether we are purchasing replacements or breeding ewe lambs, the production system and whether the lambs will be based in the hills or lowlands.
The first question we need to answer is, what breed will we select, and secondly, what individuals will we select?
The answers can be based on varied criteria, some of which can be fairly arbitrary, such as tradition, past experience, availability and perception surrounding a particular breed.
There is probably as much variation within a breed as there is between breeds.
Selecting within a breed can be based on visual assessment, the experience of a particular breeder and the pedigree of an individual ram.
A further tool now available is the Sheep Ireland €uro-star rating.