Sheep Genetics Monthly Update

Applications invited for Sheep Genetics Advisory Committee Positions

Applications are being sought from industry leaders for two positions on the Sheep Genetics Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee provides strategic direction for the continued development of the key Sheep Genetics programs of LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT. 

For more information on these positions please click here.

Leading Breeder Forum 2014

The 2014 leading Breeder Forum will be held on the 4th of March in Wagga Wagga NSW at the Carriage House motor inn. Please note that the forum will run for a full day on the 4th of March rather than the previously communicated split program over the 4th and 5th of March. The agenda is currently being finalised and will be sent out next week. Key topics covered include Genomics, Eating Quality, genetics R&D and productivity of sheep enterprises.


AWI Genetic Benchmarking Review

AWI are currently running an independent review regarding their investment into the various genetic benchmarking programs.
The consultation document that outlines the review process and invites submissions can be found on the AWI website or via the link shown below. Any submissions should be received by AWI by Monday the 8th of March, 2014.

AWI Genetic Benchmarking Review Documentation

We would like to encourage all Sheep Genetics clients to submit a response before the March closing date as the responses received could have a significant impact on the Sheep Genetics business model in the future.

Repeat adult weight measurements and condition score

If any breeders have been collecting repeated adult ewe wieghts and/or repeated condition scores of their ewes at either weaning or pre joining, we would like to get hold of these records. Having access to such records would allow us to explore further the adult weight trait and also other influences on reproduction. If you have previously recorded this information and wish to assist by submitting could you please contact Tom Hooke on (02) 6773 3430 or

Gain greater information for your breeding decisions

Blood cards available for 12K genomic tests and parentage tests
To place an order or to find more information about the tests and how to participate please visit the following link.
Online Ordering and Information

Pedigree Wizard instructional videos and help sheets

A series of instructional videos and help sheets for users of Pedigree Wizard can now be found on our website under resources>software for managing data>Pedigree Wizard Help or by following the below link.

Pedigree Wizard Help

Analysis Dates

31st January
14th February
28th February

7th February
21st February
7th March

Data needs to be submitted by 5pm AEST on the dates listed above to be included in the analysis. Please allow up to 2 weeks for data to be returned.