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Weekly Update: 11/12/15

DNA workshop and breed society meeting Tues Dec 15th

Final reminders for the above meetings have been circulated by email today. The DNA workshop will run through all the processes involved in delivering genomic evaluations. Should anyone reading this weekly update be interested in attending this meeting, please make contact with your breed society representative or contact us in Sheep Ireland.

Our meeting with breed society representatives will take place after the DNA workshop on Tuesday. It is important that as many breed society representatives attend these meetings to help Sheep Ireland make the correct decisions, especially around our future plans for sheep genomics. This breed society meeting is an extremely important forum for all breed societies to have their say in sheep breed improvement. Should LambPlus breeders have any particular issues that they would like to see discussed, please contact your society representatives in advance of this meeting.


OVIGEN at the World Buiatrics Congress – Dublin 3rd – 8th July 2016

One of the most important aspects of the OVIGEN research project is the amount of phenotypes being collected, especially health data, from LambPlus flocks all around Ireland. This data is hugely valuable and will lay the foundation for a future Health Index which will be displayed to farmers through the €uroStar Indices. OVIGEN is also gaining attention from the genetics community worldwide as evidenced by the inclusion of a poster in the upcoming World Buiatrics Congress which takes place in Dublin (3rd to 8th July – 2016). To learn more about this conference click here to find their website and to view the poster entitled ‘Genetic parameters for health traits in a multi-breed sheep population’, please click here.