What is RamCompare?
RamCompare is the UKs first commercial national progeny test for terminal sire rams. Over two years, 70 rams have produced nearly 8,000 lambs across six commercial farms. Data from these lambs has been analysed to assess the genetic merit of these rams for traits of economic importance. Therefore growth and carcase trait data has been collected from all lambs on trial which has fed back into genetic evaluations and used to produce new estimated breeding values (EBV’s).
For more information please visit the RamCompare Website.
Preliminary Results from Phase 1 (2016/2017)
Texel rams have topped the rankings in the preliminary results from AHDB Beef and Lamb’s RamCompare trial, with the top five rams for carcass conformation EBVs all being Texels as well as the leading ram for carcass weight also being a Texel.
The initial results from RamCompare which were announced at the Sheep Breeders Round Table, Nottingham, on 18thNovember, show that Texel Ram HME1501742 bred in Matt Hobbs’ Elkstone flock led the way on carcass conformation from more than 70 rams in the trial.
Texel Sheep Society breed development committee chairman Peter Mitchell said these preliminary results from RamCompare demonstrated the excellent all round performance within the Texel breed and showed the commitment breeders had to breed development was being rewarded. “These results very much confirm what everyone associated with the Texel breed has always believed. “The breed delivers what commercial producers, processors and retailers require. Fast growing lambs with exceptional carcass conformation and minimal waste.”
Reports and Publications on the project
AHDBs Results Booklet can be found here
Texel Sheep Society report on the results.
Signet Report on what do the initital results mean for Texels?
RamCompare Texel Update January 2017
Quick Project Details
All Texel rams involved with the project. Three new farms have been introduced for Phase 2 (2018).
|Gaynes Major||CMG06129||Stainton Vantage II||WPS1400599||Kimbolton Voyager||PPK1400417|
|Roxburgh Shot Gun Willie||EJR1101108||Elkstone 1742||HME1501742||Lumbylaw Madras||ORL06032|
|Drinkstone Union||PJP1304727||Penygelli 1802||PAP1501802||Handbank Super Nova||PRH1100114|
|Penygelli 1307||PAP1401307||Tynewydd 927||MDY1400927||Gaynes Rolls Royce||CMG1000086|
|Kimbolton Voyager||PPK1400417||Handbank 573||PRH1500573||Drinkstone Top Gun||PJP1202836|
|Miserden Valegro||AAS1401351||Rugley 5263||JER1505263||Garngour Nijinsky||CJN07579|
|Tynewydd 927||MDY1400927||Stonedge Wallykazam||YDP1500991||Arkle Sandiago||WGA1100657|
|Miserden 1255||AAS1401255||Wealdon 1312||HTW1501312||Beeford Warrior||CBS1500509|
|Boghouse Ultra Muscle||JKE3104414|