Southdown Signet Group

Why record with Signet

Some Southdown Breeders have joined the Signet recording scheme so that they can take a more scientific approach to selecting top performing stock, improving their flocks and the breed. The scheme also allows performance information to be made available to commercial and pedigree flocks.


How does the recording scheme work

The Signet recording scheme collects genetic and performance data (eg parentage, 8 week weights, 21 week weights, eye muscle depth, lambing percentage etc) and uses this to calculate an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) for a range of traits. The calculation "levels the playing field"  by minimising differences in performance due to management and highlighting genetic potential. A key measure for commercial flocks is the Terminal Sire Index, this is a composite score based on 21 week weight, muscle and fat depth.

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Performance Recorded Flocks

The Flocks listed below are actively involved in the recording Scheme. A separate site has been set up for this group. Most of the flock links below are linked to this site, although some flocks have their own website.

 All Saints  M, F & G Sprake  Suffolk  Golden Valley  D Bunting  Hertfordshire
 Andersey  R S Beaumont  Oxfordshire  Gunton  A & C Brown  Devon
 Lawton A Paton   Bedfordshire
 Marshland  A Allen  Norfolk
 Buckland  M Parker & T Green  Shropshire  Montecristo  S Arlott  Lincolnshire
 Chaileybrook  J M A Long  Kent  Ridings  Wakeham-Dawson & Harmer  East Sussex
East Dean   D S & P Humphrey  West Sussex  Webbellis  P E Goldsworthy  Cambridgeshire