Improving Sheep through Genetics

The UK sheep industry is often criticised for having a plethora of breeds and crosses. In truth, this is down to the varied terrain and climate in which breeds ahve evolved. It is characterised by a stratified three-tier breeding system related to altitude and the quality of grazing. The challenge is to speed the uptake of genetically superior recorded animals and explot new technologies to provide sheep that are more fit-for-purpose.

This briefing summarises Chapter 8 'Improving sheep breeding over the next decade through genetic improvement' taken from the Report of the Royal Agriculture College and Rumenco 100 Club Annual Fellowship in beef and Sheep by Nick Allen, Sector Director EBLEX.