Project Type: On-Farm Research
Funds awarded in 2019: $15,000.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: USDA-ARS
Dr. Joan Burke
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP; nsip.org) provides predictable, economically important genetic evaluation information to the American sheep and goat industry by converting performance records into relevant decision-making tools. By using sheep or goats with predictable genetics or performance attributes, including growth, reproductive or maternal traits, and parasite resistance, an economically-productive parasite resistant flock can be developed. Estimated breeding values (EBVs) are calculated for each individual animal enrolled in NSIP that gives genetic predictability for each trait, which are science-based, industry-tested measures of a predicted animal performance.
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This product is associated with the project "The Impact of Estimated Breeding Values on Parasite Resistance and Reduced Parasitism in Sheep"