September 2016

Staff Changes

Recently we have had a few internal changes within the Sheep Genetics team.

Hamish Chandler has accepted a position as the Program Manager, Genetics. 
His role will also be responsible for increasing the awareness, adoption and utilisation of the benefits of current and future genetic technologies as well as improving the delivery and use of genetic information by the Australian Red Meat industry.
Hamish will continue to lead the Sheep Genetics team until his replacement has been appointed, after which he will still be involved at a higher level.

David Rubie tendered his resignation from the role of MERINOSELECT Database Officer, he finished up at the end of September to further develop his own business.
We are currently recruiting for a new Database officer and look forward to announcing a replacement as soon as possible. Details on the position can be found here for interested parties.

We would like to ask everyone to please be patient during this transition period, we will endeavor to maintain our standards of service to clients however there may be some delays due to staff covering multiple positions. 

If you are seeking software support for the freeware programs, we ask that you utilise the services of a Service Provider who is experienced in the programs. Service Providers can assist with setting up, utilising and training breeders to ensure that you can get the most from it. A list of Service Providers can be found here.

Web listings for Animals and Contact Details
Reminder: we would like all breeders who have not completed and returned the web listings form for Animals and Contact details to complete and return as soon as possible to ensure that details are correctly displaying on the website. If you have not completed and returned the form you can download a copy off the website. If you do not complete the form and return, your animals and contact information may be incorrectly listed on the website.
Thankyou to everyone that has already done so.

Merino Lifetime Productivity Sire Nominations - Closing 5:00pm October 28th, 2016
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) have teamed up to deliver the Merino Lifetime Productivity Project (MLP). The project offers a unique and exciting opportunity to evaluate lifetime Merino productivity including the relationship between lamb and wool production, how to best select for lifetime productivity and the role that genetics plays in generating lifetime returns.
For further information or to access the Sire nominations please click here. 

Resource Flock Sire Nominations
Nomination for sires for the 2017 Resource Flock joining will be opening soon. Now is an ideal time to start thinking about sires that you might want to nominate. The benefit of nominating is a closer relationship to the reference population, which means higher accuracy for genomics ASBVs.

Save the Dates 2017
Potential dates have been flagged for the following Sheep Genetics events.
Leading Breeder - 01/03/2017 - 02/03/2017 (Wednesday and Thursday)
Service Provider Training - 03/05/2017-04/05/2017 (Wednesday and Thursday)
Both of these events are to be held in Melbourne, please note dates are tentative at this stage and may be subject to change.

Upcoming Analysis Dates

Please note the following analysis dates for 2016, and ensure that data is submitted with at least one analysis before sales or field days. This allows time for any missing information to be included or corrections to be made.
Friday 14/10/16
Tuesday 01/11/16
Tuesday 15/11/16
Friday 07/10/16
Friday 21/10/16
Monday 07/11/16
All data needs to be submitted to or could be missed for inclusion in the analysis.

Reminder - Please update to our new address and contact details

Sheep Genetics
The Short Run, Building W41a
Contact Numbers:
Phone: 02 8055 1818
Fax: 02 8055 1850

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