Sheep Genetics is the genetic evaluation service for the Australian sheep and goat industries. Using information provided by members, Sheep Genetics calculate Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) that predict the genetic merit of individual animals. 

This module provides a brief overview of the requirements and processes involved in getting started with Sheep Genetics. Using the information in this module, you can gain an understanding of key requirements of the genetic evaluation. You can then use this learning to collect trait data of interest relevant to your breeding objective. This will ensure comprehensive data submissions to contribute to your ASBVs.

Learning objectives

At completion of this module, you will: 

  • understand the requirements and processes of a data collection and submission to Sheep Genetics 
  • understand the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of pedigree collection 
  • understand how ASBVs are calculated, and key pieces of information needed for the calculation of ASBVs 
  • understand the importance of management groups and linkage for genetic evaluation 
  • create a breeding objective to target future genetic gain.

Throughout this eLearning module, resources that can be found on the Sheep Genetics website will be frequently referred to. A comprehensive list of links to any mentioned resource will be available upon completion of the module. 

For further information about Sheep Genetics, visit: sheepgenetics.org.au

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Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA’s purpose is to foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry by investing in research and marketing activities. Through it's subsidiary companies, MLA also accelerates innovation across the value chain and delivers the industry’s integrity and on-farm quality assurance programs. Care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in all eLearning modules. However, MLA cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained in the training packages. You should make your own enquiries before making decisions concerning your interests. MLA accepts no liability for any losses incurred if you rely solely on this material and excludes all liability as a result of reliance by any person on such information or advice. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all rights are expressly reserved. Requests for further authorisation should be directed to the Content Manager, PO Box 1961, North Sydney, NSW 2059 or info@mla.com.au. © Meat & Livestock Australia 2020 ABN 39 081 678 364. MLA acknowledges the matching funds provided by the Australian Government to support the research and development detailed in this eLearning module.

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