Improving sheep flocks through genetics

Improving the quality of your sheep flock is an important way of increasing its value and efficiency. One of the best ways to do this is by managing your flock's genetics.

To improve your sheep flock you will need to understand how to choose the right stud to buy rams from, how to estimate the value of the rams you purchase, the costs and timeframes for improvement, and what the potential gains should be.

This guide explains the benefits of implementing a genetic improvement program, including how to assess the quality of potential rams and how their current environment may affect your program. It also outlines how to work with a stud, the importance of choosing the correct grade of ram for your farm, and how to measure improvements in your flock.