RamCompare is the UK’s first commercial progeny test for terminal sires. This project is jointly funded by AHDB, HCC, QMS and AgriSearch, with support from Sainsbury’s and its processors Dunbia and Randall Parker Foods.

The cost of testing a ram within the project is nearly £5,000 per ram. The rates offered for ram and semen purchase recognise that breeders engaged in the project are contributing towards the scheme.

The deadline for ram nominations is Monday 5 March 2018

Ram selection criteria

Nominations are sought from Suffolk, Texel, Charollais, Meatlinc, Hampshire Down, Poll Dorset, Beltex, Blue Texel, Bleu du Maine, Vendeen, Shropshire and Southdown rams. Preference will be given to breeds capable of providing both an artificial insemination (AI) and a natural service sire for use on the same farm.

For natural service sires, fit and fertile rams are required, with preference given to rams that are shearlings or older.

Rams must meet the following criteria:

  • EBVs in top 20% or better for the breed
  • Good history of performance records of the ram and its progeny (eg ultrasound scan, computed tomography (CT) data)
  • Shearling in autumn 2018 or older
  • Good and known health status (see health declaration below)
  • Be from a flock with good genetic linkage to other flocks
  • Provide genetic diversity to the rams that have already been used
  • Part of a Signet-recorded flock
The final decision relating to the procurement of rams and semen will be made by AHDB.