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'We will have better carcases and better lambs'

Published 24/06/2015 | 02:30

BREEDING and how to deliver the most from your flock was a key part of the message being delivered at Sheep2015.

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There was plenty of information on display, with everything on show from the €80,000 flock of Kiwi sheep assembled by Teagasc to analyse the genetic improvement in New Zealand to the information from Sheep Ireland on the EuroStar ratings set-up in 2009.

Sheep Ireland now collects data on more than 7,000 commercial ewes annually.

The ewes are mated to LambPlus recorded sires.

Eamon Wall of Sheep Ireland pointed out the research shows that on average five-star animals produce easier lambed, faster growing lambs with better kill outs compared to one star rams.

He said they were working to improve the profitability of sheep farms through promoting superior genetics.

In the past two-years the ram search on Sheep.ie has received almost 50,000 hits online.

Here some of the visitors to the event gave their view on the Sheep Ireland EuroStar indexes.

Jack Swift

Ballymoe, Co Galway

I think it is very good. It gives you better information on the terminal and replacement indexes of the sheep. I find the ewes with the better replacement breed better quality of lambs.

I sold a ram the other day and he had a very high terminal index. I find it adds a few quid onto the value of the lamb, which is helpful as every few pound is needed.

I find that lambs that have poor stars are very hard sold at the minute. People that you wouldn't think would use it are gone very fond of it now.

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