The Sheep Ireland Guide & Directory of Breeders 2021 Issue 7 is now available and has been posted out to over 12,000 commercial breeders during the summer months. The guide & directory highlights pedigree breeders that are involved in the LambPlus programme, who are performance recording their animals, this performance data contributes to genetic evaluations producing €urostars. In this guide & directory there is a wealth of information such as stats from the Irish Sheep Industry, tips for ram purchasers, explanations on how to understand and interpret €urostars and values, the ingredients that comprise the €urostar indexs, explanations of genomics and genetic/flock linkage, accuracy as well as updates on Sheep Ireland flock visits. Also included is the Breed Society Contacts for most breeds of sheep in the country as we contact details of performance recording breeders in the country.
There are 25,000 rams required annually to maintain the national flock, 33% are currently being sourced from LambPlus breeders, 7% from Pedigree ram breeders not in LambPlus, 20% from Hill ram breeders and 40% from ‘Other sources’
*’Other sources’ included; non-pedigree rams, crossbred rams, rams with unknown ancestry etc.
Please call Sheep Ireland on 0238820451 or email [email protected] for more information.