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Sheep and ram selection programmes from Nerstane Merino Stud

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Nerstane Merino Stud  conducts several sheep breeding programmes. These breeding programmes have been specifically designed for maximising the genetic progress of sheep. Breeding programmes also deliver maximum benefits to the clients. Nerstane Merino Stud employs systematic methods for efficient selection of stud sires as well as stud and flock ewes. This stud ensures to employ efficient selection as well as breeding programmes.

Ram selection programmes from Nerstane Merino Stud incorporate different steps. Various selection events for appropriate selections of rams include lambing, lamb marking, weaning and tip shearing, classing, measuring the sheep for fleece weight, recording body weights, collection of faecal samples for counting worm egg count and ram classing on the basis of fleece measurements. Nerstane Merino Stud provides scores for each of the visual traits. These scores are recorded on computer that enables to completely evaluate different varieties of rams. The recorded data for visually assessed traits are supplied to the clients at the purchasing time. The initial lambing process conducted by Nerstane Merino Stud lasts for about six weeks after which these lambs are tagged. The weaning and tip shearing process is conducted by using Bioclip in order to estimate the accurate fleece weights.

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