Webinar: Profitable Genetic Selection--How NSIP Can Help
November 22, 2013

Reserve your spot at the upcoming webinar entitled Profitable Genetic Selection: How the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) Can Help the US Sheep and Goat Industry. 
 
Reid Redden, Ph.D., North Dakota State University extension sheep specialist and NSIP chair, will present this information at 7 p.m. EST on Dec. 17. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3280183289165496321. 
 
NSIP is a nonprofit organization created to develop genetic predictors for production traits relevant to the U.S. sheep and goat industries. This technology generates estimate breeding values (EBVs) based on performance data that is submitted by participating flocks. 
 
The program develops EBVs for:
 
growth traits: birth, weaning (60 d), post-weaning (120 d), and yearling (365 d) weights,
reproductive traits: number of lambs born and weaned,
carcass traits: loin muscle and back fat depth,
wool traits: fleece weight, fiber diameter, and staple length and
parasite resistance: weaning fecal egg count.
In addition, indexes are created that rank the most important traits for the respective breed. 
 
EBVs are calculated by making comparisons of lambs among their flock mates; therefore, lambs that outperform their flock mates get positive values for the particular trait and genetically related traits. Additionally, sire and dam EBVs increase for production of a lamb that is above or below flock average (progeny test). 
 
To better serve the entire industry, NSIP needs more seedstock producers to enroll, use the program to its full capacity and work with other NSIP breeders to develop genetic connections within the breed. It requires that commercial producers request that their seedstock providers deliver this data and purchase sheep with EBVs that are consistent with the needs of the flock. 
 
In summary, NSIP can help the industry make more informed and reliable breeding decisions and lead to more productive and profitable sheep and goat industries. 
 
This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association and the Rebuild the Sheep Inventory Committee. 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.