Sheep Genetics Monthly Update

March 2017

2017 Regional Forums

The 2017 Regional Forums are fast approaching, these one day workshops are a great way to catch up with Sheep Genetics staff, this year the forums are planned to be more interactive with the focus being on how Sheep Genetics can help your business and how individuals balance all factors that impact genetic gain. The Ramping Up Genetic Gain project is ongoing and will be a main topic of the forums, as well as the annual analysis upgrades and importantly new developments in the reproduction analysis.
This year the Regional Forums will be held in the following locations, and are at a cost of $33.00 per ram breeding business. You can click on the locations to register your interest in attending.
Inverell NSW - Tuesday 16th May
Cowra NSW - Tuesday 23rd May
Ballarat VIC - Tuesday 30th May
Burra SA - Tuesday 6th June *please note venue t.b.a
Brookton WA - Thursday 15th June *please note venue t.b.a

Overview of the workshop:

  •  Update on Sheep Genetics
  •  Data Quality
  •  Reproduction
  •  Analysis Changes
  •  Ramping Up Genetic Gain

Each workshop includes morning tea and lunch.

Reproduction Summary Report

Reproduction is an important profit driver for all sheep producers. To help breeders identify what information is being used in the reproduction analyses for their flock, Sheep Genetics have developed a new Reproduction Summary. This report will summarise whether the flock is getting into the Number of Lambs Born (NLB) or Number of Lambs Weaned (NLW) analysis, as well as highlighting areas in which the data recording for reproduction might be improved. A test run of the report was recently sent out to a number of LAMBPLAN clients which, feedback was used to refine the report and ensure that it is clear and concise. The new Reproduction Summary will become one of the standard reports emailed to clients. It will be released with the annual analysis upgrades that are reported to all. More information can be found in the next issue of the Breeder Bulletin, which will arrive shortly.

Scanner Accreditation

Sheep Genetics held an Ultra-Sound Carcase Scanner Accreditation in Armidale NSW in February 2017. It is essential that the muscle and fat scan information submitted to LAMBPLAN or MERINOSELECT is collected by an accredited scanner, this needs to be submitted with the Scanners accreditation number so that we can verify the accuracy of the information.
Below is a list of the accredited scanners that we will accept data from.
Name Location Telephone Email
Trevor Pearce Young NSW M:0428 993 061
Tim Lawrence Armidale NSW M: 0419 147 419
Stefan Spiker Hamilton VIC M: 0427 733 201
Steve Milne Hamilton VIC M: 0428 786 327
Ian Bradtke (P) Peterborough SA M: 0407 729 341
John Lehmann Mt Bryan SA M: 0428 934 034
Rachel Chirgwin Saddleworth SA M: 0428 600 265
Tamesha Gardner (P) Kojonup WA M: 0408 001 353
Peter Moore Williams WA M: 0427 176 332
Mike O’Neil (P) Northam WA M: 0409 684 332
Chris Parker Hamilton Vic M: 0429 992 477
Nick Lawrence Bordertown SA M: 0447 077 705

An accredited scanner: is someone who has met the scanning accuracy criteria to be accredited by Sheep Genetics. It is achieved by submitting several sets of scanning data to demonstrate repeatability.
(P) Provisional accreditation: can be achieved by submitting several sets of scanning data to demonstrate repeatability. Carcase data collected by provisionally accredited scanners may be submitted to Sheep Genetics for routine evaluation. Provisionally accredited scanners must attend to the next available Sheep Genetics scanning accreditation workshop to obtain full accreditation.
All provisionally and fully accredited scanners are required to attend periodic Sheep Genetics scanning accreditation workshops to update their accreditation

Leading Breeder Videos available now!

The 2017 Leading Breeder conference was held on the 1st and 2nd of March in Melbourne. The theme for the conference was "Building on the Best - Improving Rates of Genetic Gain"
You can now access the videos and proceedings off our website by clicking on the following link.

Updated fee schedule

Recently the Sheep Genetics fee schedule was reviewed, and the updated prices are listed below. These will be brought into effect 01 July 2017. 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 2020-21
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
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.
  • 6th April - Caris will be Sydney Royal show
  • 20th and 21st April  - Caris or Clara potentially attending the SA Sheep Expo
  • 3rd and 4th May - Sheep Genetics Service Provider Training
  • Throughout May and June - Regional Forums, see previous story for details.
Other events will be listed closer to their date.

External events that may assist clients to submit data:

Richmond Hill Agribusiness P/L are running the following courses to assist breeders to enter data into LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT. If you are interested in registering for these external events you will need to liaise with Debbie Milne directly.
  • Excel EID training - This 3 hour workshop will give you the Excel skills necessary to manage electronic tags.  It includes - formatting, data sorting, filtering, concatenating, Vlookup and more!  It includes morning or afternoon tea and full “how to” notes, cost is $220 per person.
  • Datasmart Workshops - One day workshop that includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea and notes, cost is $220 per business. The Datasmart workshop is designed to improve your data quality and data management.  It teaches you how to use and get the most out of Pedigree Master.  (Pedigree Master replaces Pedigree Wizard.  Pedigree Master will run on 32 or 64 bit computers and has the new Mating Module as well as EID capability.  It can be run on the same computer as Pedigree Wizard and the same data can be shared between the 2 programs). 

For more information or to book your place, contact Debbie Milne, Richmond Hill Agribusiness P/L on
0407 724066 or email Debbie at

Please note if you are a service provider with upcoming courses that are of benefit to LAMBPLAN or MERINOSELECT users, please let us know so that we can share the information.

Upcoming Analysis Dates

  • 13th April
  • 1st May
  • 15th May
  • 7th April
  • 21st April
  • 5th May
Data needs to be submitted to 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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