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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2015 2016
CRC FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY INNOVATION ADVERTISING FEATURE The Sheep CRC’s genomic research program has the goal of delivering faster, more affordable genetic gain to Australia’s sheep producers – the development of the RamSelect app has exceeded all expectations in delivering against this objective. Both stud and commercial sheep breeders around the country have embraced the new tool, with more than 10,000 rams from more than 120 studs listed for objective comparison in the first four months after launch. The web-based app RamSelect.com.au allows commercial sheep producers to purchase rams using Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) without the need for time-consuming analysis of the data provided in multiple sales catalogues. For buyers RamSelect has dramatically simplified the process of using data from LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT databases, taking the hard work out of using ASBVs to identify the right genetics that align with an individual’s breeding objectives for their flock. Developed by the Sheep CRC in conjunction with Telstra, Pivotal Labs in San Francisco, and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, it is underpinned by incredibly smart technology that allows users of ASBVs to utilise and go beyond the fixed indexes to identify a customised selection of rams. Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe said the app undertakes complex calculations in real time as users alter the settings for their specific breeding objectives. “The user is then provided with a list of rams ranked for their merit against these criteria, which can be saved on a tablet or smart phone, or printed for sale day, ” he said. “The app builds upon the popular RamSelect training workshops which have educated thousands of sheep producers in how to profitably use genetic technologies to bolster their production.” Less than two months after its launch in July 2015, the app was already proving a winner with both stud vendors and buyers alike in identifying rams suited to individual breeding objectives. Craig Bradley, stud principal of New Armatree Border Leicester Stud (member of the SuperBorders group), did not hesitate to include his stud’s catalogue on the site, even though it makes it easier for breeders to objectively and critically compare his rams against his competitors, thus adding an extra level of transparency to the ram market. “Some buyers will compare rams from right across the breed and that’s fine – we want to stand up and be known as a progressive operation that adopts the opportunities new technology like this offers, ” Mr Bradley said. “Other buyers come here especially to buy our rams and we see value in presenting our offering to them on the RamSelect app so they can compare rams from within our flock that will best meet their individual needs.” Among those bidding at the New Armatree sale was sheep breeding advisor Allan Casey, of Orange, NSW, who purchased 15 rams at auction on behalf of a client, as well as a further 15 after the sale. “Before the sale I used RamSelect.com.au to efficiently identify the rams within the flock that best met my client’s breeding objectives and that’s where the highest value is for me, ” Mr Casey said. Mr Casey’s client was seeking a team of rams with high growth rates, combined with specific needs in terms of muscle and fat. “ If I was just focussing on growth rates I would just look at the ASBVs for post-weaning weights, but we needed to include other traits in our selection criteria as well and that is where this tool makes the process so much quicker and easier,” he said. “ Often I have several clients at one sale all with their particular needs and RamSelect allows me to match their individual requirements. I found grading rams was a breeze even though I was a first time user.” When using the tool, Mr Casey set the search to grade all the rams in the catalogue into four price limits plus a group that he considered unsuitable. Having graded the catalogue using RamSelect before sale day, Mr Casey then visually inspected the offering prior to the auction and adjusted his grades accordingly. “ The RamSelect App is a winner all round – it helps the Ram Breeder efficiently get their catalogue to clients; it is a huge help to an advisor such as myself to ensure I am in tune with my client before the sale; and for a ram buyer to be sure they can quickly and accurately mark their catalogue.” Making the possible practical Picking a winner with RamSelect Jenny & Craig Bradley with Allan Casey. Through the involvement of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, the productivity of the sheepmeat sector has been a core focus of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC). The articles following provide examples of how the Sheep CRC has delivered in the areas of easier and more accurate genetic selection and quality-based sheepmeat value chains. Ram buyers using RamSelect.com.au just have to follow a few simple prompts and slider bars to define: • The breed and type of rams required • The number of rams to be placed in the ranked list • The region and/or stud of interest • The type of sale – auction or private treaty • The relative emphasis on traits that drive profit in their production system. The success of RamSelect.com.au relies on breeders keeping data and sale information up to date on the Sheep Genetics site.