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Open Farm Day at Duncraigen - lamb eating quality

08 April 2024

Duncraigen, near Te Anau, is the home of the South Island Genomic Calibration (SIGC), a flock for measuring meat eating quality in the progeny of terminal sires.

The SIGC flock arose from the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) project FarmIQ. Breeders from around the country enter terminal sires into the programme which runs their progeny to analyse breeding values, terminal carcass traits, tail length, eating quality, and so on.

Focus Genetics is the largest provider of rams to the programme. This provides Focus Genetics sheep breeding programme with accurate genomic estimates for eating quality traits; tenderness, marbling, pH and fat colour. These are included in their terminal breeding objective to continually improve eating quality while optimising genetic gain for productive growth.

To register to attend the open day follow this link.