Health Scheme & Performance

Health Scheme & Performance Recording

Performance Recording Getting started

Signet’s Sheepbreeder Service

Sheepbreeder is a performance recording service for sheep producers.
Through the analysis of pedigree and performance records a range of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and Breeding Indexes are generated to help sheep producers identify genetically superior rams and ewes.

What Do I Get From Performance Recording?

• Updated breeding reports providing EBVs for the entire flock
• Stationery on which to record pedigree and performance data
• Inclusion in listings of the top stock sires and ram lambs within the breed
• Access to ultrasound scanning services and for some breeds the use of CT scanning services.
• Entry to Signet recorded ram lamb classes at shows and sales
• Inclusion in regional directories of recorded flocks
• For the majority of Signet recorded breeds, performance and pedigree data hosted on the internet.
Signet EBVs are now available online
• Breeders can use the site to print off genetic information to promote their stock
• Commercial ram buyers and pedigree breeders are actively using this site to source rams.

Why Record Your Sheep

Potential ram buyers use Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to identify rams with superior breeding potential.
EBVs provide a recognised way to add value to your sheep and improve your flock.
There are two main reasons to record with Signet:
1. Improve your marketing
• At sales – where there is an increasing commercial demand for EBVs
• From home – where EBVs can support the breeding claims of homebred rams
• Online – where rams and semen sales can be promoted using EBVs.
2. Improve your flock
• With an independent and accurate assessment of carcase traits
• With EBVs for traits of commercial and economic importance
• If you want to take your flock forward, add value to your breeding stock and promote your genetics, then start recording with Signet.

How Do I Start Recording?

It is easy to start recording your flock:
• Contact The Association for an application form by filling in the details on the contact form
• Obtain a copy of the Sheepbreeder fees and complete the contract based on the number of ewes in your flock
• Return your contract to Signet  and we will send you the relevant paperwork to collect details of the stock rams and ewes in the flock.
For each breeding ewe and ram Signet needs to know their identity (ear number), sex, date of birth (year of birth if not known), breed, sire identity and dam identity.
Flocks that are joining later in the year should also submit lambing information for lambs that have already been born and eight week weights for these lambs.

Buying a Signet Recorded Bluefaced Leicester Ram

To aid marketing of members sheep we have put together a register of flocks with a qualifying Health Status. this register includes members whose flocks are part of the following schemes: Scrapie Monitoring Scheme Scrapie Qualifying Scheme MV Accredited Scheme MV Monitored Scheme Please click on the PDF link below to view the register

Health Status Spreadsheet 2022

Breed Benchmark for Bluefaced Leicesters - August, 2022

On the PDF Below is the Breed Benchmark for 2022 for Each of the EBV's for Bluefaced Leicesters

Bluefaced Leicester 2022 benchmark for all catalogues

Summary of Health Scheme for Sheep

The PDF Below contains a feature prepared by Neil Laing, Summary of Health Schemes for Sheep

Neil Laing Summary of Health Schemes Feature

Slideshow Showing the New Maternal Evaluation from Signet.

Below in the PDF Files is a slideshow produced by Sam Boon, Signet Breeding Services Showing the New Maternal Evaluation

A New Maternal Evaluation - Overview January 2022

Notes For the New Maternal Evaluation from Signet.

On the PDF Below Notes explaining the New Maternal Evaluation from Signet for Bluefaced Leicesters

Brief Introduction of A New Maternal Evaluation from Signet

If you would like further information, please contact Helen via the Contact form