When we talk about increasing the level of performance recording on sheep farms, we generally automatically think of it in a commercial farm context. There is also huge potential, however, in pedigree breeding to increase the level of performance recording taking place.

During Tuesday evening’s Teagasc virtual sheep week discussions on breeding and genetics, Eamon Wall of Sheep Ireland said that about 40% of rams produced annually are from formal breed societies and that from this 40%, the vast majority of breeders are performance recording.