AbacusBio managing director Neville Jopson explains the Central Progeny Test at a Beef and Lamb New Zealand field day at Onslow View, Millers Flat, last week. Photo by Helena de Reus.
A Beef and Lamb New Zealand Farming for Profit field day at
Millers Flat last week drew 100 people.
The field day at Grant and Ele Ludemann's 3036ha Onslow View
farm focused on the Central Progeny Test (CPT), which aims to
help sheep farmers identify the best genetics across sheep
AbacusBio managing director Neville Jopson said the test
evaluated progeny performance under the same conditions.
The CPT provided vital genetic connections that broaden the
world's largest across-flock, across-breed genetic evaluation
service, SIL-Advanced Central Evaluation.
The test began in 2002 at three sites - Poukawa, in Hawkes
Bay, Woodlands, in Southland, and Ashley Dene, in Canterbury.
Last year Ovita established two hill sites - Koromiko, in
Wairarapa, and Onslow View, at Millers Flat.
The additional sites meant the performance of animals in an
harder environment could be measured, Mr Jopson said.
The original three sites were on lower, easier farmland.
''What you want from your ram breeder is to get the best ram
for your environment,'' Onslow View owner Grant Ludemann
said. The CPT could compare the genetics being used on the
farm with the best genetics in New Zealand.