Flock visits with LambPlus breeders are currently undergoing, with Sheep Ireland recording ewe mature weights of flocks that are visited. LambPlus breeders are encouraged to take ewe mature weights themselves as they are very important in contributing to genetic evaluations, especially now pre-mating. These can be entered very simply via the LambPlus App! The best time to carry out the recording of ewe mature weights is just before mating, when ewes go out with rams, recording mating along with ewe mature weights together might make this simpler for breeders. All you need to do is firstly, add the rams to your ram team via the Sheep Ireland mating screen on the website, this could easily be done sitting at your kitchen table before heading off to the put the rams out with ewes. Then you are good to go with the App! Go to ‘Mating’ on your App. After you have record your matings, simply go to ‘Weighing’ in your App and record your ewe mature weights as the ewes are being drafted into their groups for rams. Ewe mature weights contribute to maternal production traits and the efficiency of ewes contributes to the accuracy of the replacement index in genetic evaluations.
David Coen, Sheep Ireland, explains below the importance of recording ewe mature weights.