Sheep Ireland have been recording ewe mature weights during flock visits with LambPlus breeders. Ewe mature weights are very important in contributing to genetic evaluations. LambPlus breeders are encouraged to take ewe mature weights and these can be entered via the user friendly inspection screen on Sheep Ireland’s App and website. The ideal time to record ewe mature weights is when lambs are being weighed at weaning time (100 day weight) which is between 66 – 120 days old. 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. This video was taken while out on a LambPlus breeders farm during a flock visit this week.