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Sheep Breeding

AWI supports sheep breeding research and development (R&D), benchmarking programs and breeder tools for woolgrowers wanting to monitor, set targets and optimise the rate of genetic gain of their sheep.

Ongoing AWI commitments to sheep breeding R&D include:

  • Three linked programs - MERINOSELECT, Merino Superior Sires and Merino Bloodline Performance - that assess genetic performance at the progeny, sire and bloodline level respectively, and deliver the results directly to woolgrowers.
  • Flystrike Genetics and Genomics, with the ultimate goal of reducing the need for mulesing to prevent flystrike.
  • Finding more accurate, cost effective ways to select across-flock for staple strength.
  • Genomics, which has the potential to deliver pedigree and genomic enhanced Breeding Values.
  • The recently updated Visual Sheep Scores.
  • Support for specialised information through Making More From Sheep and other training programs.