This information is entered into our on farm data base and twice monthly sent to the National data base where computer software analyses it and reports it back to us as Australian Sheep Breeding Values.
We have systemised our processes with better software, lamb tagging bikes, EID tags, panel readers, bar code readers, portable printers, auto drafters and data loggers to allow larger volumes and higher accuracy to flow through our operations.
Recently we have commenced collecting DNA from key sires and the genetic information will be added to our existing information.
Information about our animals is vitally important to assist in selecting which ones to use in the breeding program and the more is better rule applies here. By having large numbers we generate higher accuracy ASBVs and sires now have complete cohorts of daughters being measured right through their reproductive lives. We have expanded the flock in recent years to the current position where 8613 ewes were recorded and mated in 2017.
This makes it the largest recorded maternal flock in Australia but interestingly we have also increased the number of sires lines with high genetic merit and still maintain a very low inbreeding level across its entire range. We have potential to expand it further with the release of new technologies relating to pedigree collection which will allow increased collection of data and higher genetic improvement rates.
Cashmore Oaklea Seedstock Ewe flock as @ Mating 2017.
2007 Blue 2
2008 Black 5
2009 White 20
2010 Orange 83
2011 Green 249
2012 Purple 1049
2013 Yellow 1136
2014 Red 1768
2015 Blue 2026
2016 Black 2275