At Pooginook, we are continually investing in data analysis and DNA genomics to breed a truly dual-purpose Merino that is profitable, ethically raised and can handle various climates. We have made an investment in our client’s genetics across 250,000 merino ewes throughout Australia.
Hear from John Sutherland about Pooginook's investment into technologies to breed an advanced dual-purpose Merino.
For over 80 years, Pooginook have collected raw data and used this in combination with visuals to grade sheep. Since 2007, we have used ASBVs as another tool to grade sheep. Raw data is collected on all progeny (ewes and rams) and a DNA genomic test is taken to provide full parentage and predictive genomics to increase the ASBV accuracy. Our data is analysed by MerinoSelect to generate an ASBV for the production traits.
(data known by ~100 days of age)
Electronic weighing and identification systems, sheep handlers, data management software and automated drafting systems have significantly minimised human error and improved data quality.
In the recent 5 years we have invested over $750,000 in the DNA genomics database. This makes Pooginook one of the largest collectors of sheep DNA genomics in Australia (16% of the genomics database for 2018/2019 progeny being analysed).
We measure the complete cohort of rams and ewes for the key production traits. This data collection starts at marking and continues until they are adults. The collection of all the data on each animal significantly improves the accuracy of our genetic database, giving us and our clients more confidence when selecting sheep.
Our team has over 60 years of experience with grading sheep. We believe combining ASBVs with visual grading is key to ensure we breed an animal that is commercially profitable, can handle multiple climates and is backed by data.
Our genetics are continually being reviewed and commercially benchmarked across enterprises and climates. We take part in Merino Sire Evaluations across the country. Pooginook rams are proven to work in various environments across Australia for over 80 years.
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