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Beyond the Bale : December 2012
39 ON-FARM December 2012 BEYOND THE BALE FAST FACTS l The Sheep Genetics website has been restructured and updated to make it easier for users to navigate and find information. l AWI and Meat and Livestock Australia invest in Sheep Genetics with the overarching goal of facilitating increased rates of genetic improvement in the sheep industry. l MERINOSELECT is the part of Sheep Genetics that can help woolgrowers identify Merino sheep in terms of their benchmarked genetic potential and the value they can bring to their business. The Sheep Genetics website has been updated and restructured to make the items that are most used front and centre, such as the web search, access to Elites and lists of "Service Provider " businesses (data management, scanner, genetic advisors). Further website changes are planned with additional content to be added and updated over the next twelve months. Key features are: • Easier ways to search for animals, and breeder information • Sale and semen catalogues • Trait percentile tables • Mating predictor • Leading sire lists by wool type and index • Members can use an updated dashboard section which assesses their rate of genetic gain, print reports on demand and can direct upload data and reports. A guide to essential services is available by clicking on the presentation "Navigating Sheep Genetics website revamped The home page of the new Sheep Genetics website. the Sheep Genetics website" available in the Resources >> Presentations section. Animals can be searched for a wide range of attributes, such as: having minimum or maximum ranges of any number of traits, number of progeny and progeny sites assessed and if they have been used at Sire Evaluation or the Sheep CRC sites. Animals meeting the search criteria can be ranked in increasing or decreasing order for any trait or index. The pedigree of animals can be investigated with animals going back over many generations. A sire born in 1992 has the most progeny to date with 4,040 progeny tested over 46 sites. Below is his search page. Averages are for the 2011 Drop. More information: www.sheepgenetics.org.au Search page of the sire with most progeny.