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Ram selection FAQ

FAQs will be updated regularily and previous questions archived. If you have any questions you would like answered please send them to: silhelp@sheepimprovement.co.nz

Question 1:
My breeder has said that a small ram is better rated for growth than a larger ram I think is a better bet. Why do they say this?

Answer:
SIL rates animals for genetic merit. When evaluating genetic merit, SIL adjusts performance for non-genetic effects such as age, birth-rearing rank, age of dam & mob. It then adjusts figures depending on how well relatives performed. So the smaller ram may have been smaller due to one of more of those non-genetic effects and/or it may have come from a family with better genetic merit than that of the larger ram on offer.

Question 2: