The Value of Using FEC EBVs

Project Type: On-Farm Research
Funds awarded in 2019: $15,000.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: USDA-ARS
Region: Southern
State: Arkansas
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Joan Burke
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP; 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.
Joan Burke, USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.