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
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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.