Lewis Frost (genetics consultant to AllFlex) and NZM’s Production Science Manager, Dr Mark Ferguson, were guest speakers at the Omarama Station field day held on 6 November 2015. They spoke about how estimated breeding values (EBVs) can be combined with electronic identification (EID) to build a high performance Merino system.
The focus at Omarama Station is on selecting the right replacements (both rams and ewes), and managing their progeny to help them reach their genetic potential. This means selecting their rams based on both visual appraisal and EBVs for the traits that drive profit, then tracking how those genetics translate into ewe flock performance, using EID.
Already the Subtils are finding that EID can help them separate the passengers from the performers. For more information, click here.