Gates White Suffolks - Understanding ASBV's
Buying the right ram is an integral part of all sheep breeding businesses. Rams breeding decisions made today will impact the profitability of your sheep enterprise in the short and long term future, depending on the enterprise characteristics.
The detailed overview of each relevant ASBV (Australian Sheep Breeding Value) below will ensure a clear understanding of the traits one should be selecting rams with at the next sale day.
Birth Weight (kg) BWT
Indicates the genetic merit of lamb birth weight. Terminal sires should be selected with a BWT of <0.3 for merino and maiden ewes and <0.45 for crossbreds and maternal composite ewes.
Weaning Weight (kg) WWT
Indicates the genetic merit of animals for liveweight growth at 100 days of age. A more positive value is desirable.
Post Weaning Weight (kg) PWWT
Indicates the genetic merit of animals for liveweight growth at 225 days of age. A more positive value is desirable.
Post Weaning Fat Depth (mm) PFAT
Indicates the genetic merit of animals for GR fat depth at 45kg liveweight. Fat depth should be selected for according to the type of finishing system, ewe base and lamb target market.
Post Weaning Eye Muscle Depth (mm) PEMD
Indicates the genetic merit of animals for eye muscle depth at the C site on a 45kg liveweight animal. A more positive value is desirable and indicates the animal will have more muscle on the high value loin area.
Post Weaning Worm Egg Count (%) PWEC
Indicates the genetic merit of animals for their ability to carry worm burdens. A combination of being genetically less likely to pick up worms & being able to cope immunologically with the worm burden.
Lambing Ease Direct (%) LE DIR
Describes how easily a sire’s lambs will be born, with a positive number preferred.
Lamb 2020 Index ($)
LAMB 2020 is a dollar index and therefore reflects the improvement in lamb dollar value. For example, a sire with a LAMB 2020 index of $113 will, on average, sire lambs that are worth $3 more per head than a sire with a LAMB 2020 index of $110. This index is best suited to terminal sire breeders whose clients are targeting a 22 kg lamb carcase, from either Merino or 1st cross ewes and where worms may be a significant challenge to lamb production.