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Sheep Genetics Monthly Update

February 2017

**Last days to register**

The 2017 Leading Breeder conference will be held at the Best Western Airport Motel & Convention Centre, Melbourne VIC on the 1st and 2nd of March. A dinner will be held on the Wednesday evening with guest speaker Kevin McDermott, presenting on the sheep industry and genetic evaluation in Ireland.

This year the sessions will be based on the theme Building on the Best - Improving Rates of Genetic Gain. With four key sessions building on the main theme:
1. Improving rates of genetic gain through Sheep Genetics
2. Improving rates of genetic gain through Value Chain Initiatives
3. Improving rates of genetic gain through Genomics and New Technologies
4. Improving rates of genetic gain through Business Development

Registrations and payments for the conference and dinner can be made online on the link below. The cost of tickets are $110 per person for the conference and $66 per person for dinner.
https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=246471

Annual client survey

Recently all active LAMBPLAN, MERINOSELECT and KIDPLAN clients were sent a link to the annual survey, thankyou to all who have completed this brief 10-15 minute survey. However the responses are down on previous years, and we would like to encourage all breeders who have not completed the survey to refer to the original email and complete it.

The survey is your chance to have your say and provide feedback on services provided to breeders, to encourage more responses we have extended the closing date, if you previously tried to complete and it was closed then please try again.
If you have not received the original email, please let us know and we can resend it to you.

Updated fee schedule

Recently the Sheep Genetics fee schedule was reviewed, and the updated prices are listed below. The increase in fees is the first change in prices since 2014. The other change to the fee schedule is the animal cap has now increased to 2500 animals per drop.
 
Australian 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-2021
Flock Subscription  $  484.00  $  484.00  $  506.00  $  506.00
Additional Flock Subscription  $  132.00  $  132.00  $  143.00  $  143.00
Animal charge  $       2.10  $       2.31  $       2.31  $       2.42
Small Stud  $       9.90  $    10.45  $    10.78  $    11.00
International        
Flock Subscription  $  530.00  $  530.00  $  550.00  $  550.00
Additional Flock Subscription  $  143.00  $  143.00  $  150.00  $  150.00
Animal charge  $       2.50  $       2.75  $       2.75  $       2.90
Small Stud  $    11.00  $    11.50  $    11.80  $    12.10

Other Events

Throughout the year staff will be attending various events, where it may be possible to catch up and discuss issues affecting your flock. If you would like to catch up, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a time.
  • 9th and 10th March - Caris will be attending Wagin Woolarama
  • 20th and 21st March  - Caris will be attending Burra Field Days
Other events will be listed closer to their date.

Regional Forums 2017

The 2017 Regional Forums will be held across Australia commencing in May, these are a great way to catch up with Sheep Genetics staff and find out ways to make use of ASBVs in your ram breeding operation.

Regional forums are at a cost of $33.00 per ram breeding business and include morning tea and lunch.

Dates are:

  • 16/05/17 - Inverell NSW
  • 23/05/17 - Cowra NSW
  • 30/05/17 - Ballarat VIC
  • 06/06/17 - Burra SA
  • 15/06/17 - Brookton WA

Please note these dates, and further information will be sent out closer to the date.

Upcoming Analysis Dates

LAMBPLAN
  • 1st March
  • 15th March
MERINOSELECT
  • 7th March
  • 21st March
Data needs to be submitted to database@sheepgenetics.org.au before 5pm AEST on the dates listed above for inclusions in the analysis.
If data is submitted after this time then it will be included for the following analysis.
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