Sheep farmers: We want your views

by Dr Heather McCalman

One of the key aims of hcc’s hill Ram Scheme is to improve profitability of the sector through the use of tried and tested genetic improvement methods.

To achieve this we are looking to gain a better understanding of Welsh sheep farmers’ views on genetic improvement and performance recording.

We know that the uptake of performance recording and the use of genetic measures on hill and upland farms right across the UK is low. Within the hill Ram Scheme we are trying to remove some of the barriers for hill farmers by using technology to record and monitor performance and genetics – meaning that hill farmers do not have to make fundamental changes to their system to take part in the scheme.

however, we are very interested in hearing from all Welsh sheep farmers about their opinions and views on performance recording and use of recorded breeding stock as well as other key issues that affect breeding decisions on sheep farms.

To investigate this issue and to get a well- rounded view on the subject we have launched an online survey which we would like to encourage FUW members to take part in.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete online and you could win a tablet by taking part. you can access the survey via the hcc website.

Across the hill Ram Scheme and the whole of the Red Meat development Programme, our team is working remotely to ensure that projects

are still running as smoothly as possible during these unusual times.

Usually at this time of year, hcc along with many other individuals, families and

organisations, would be preparing and looking forward to the Royal Welsh Show.

Whilst the show isn’t going ahead in a physical sense this year, we will be

preparing a virtual schedule of activities during the Royal Welsh

Show week which you will find on our social media channels.

In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest RMdP news and developments by following our Twitter page

(@RMdPcymru) or by checking out the hcc website.

Un o nodau allweddol Cynllun Hyrddod Mynydd HCC yw gwella proffidioldeb y sector trwy ddefnyddio dulliau gwella genetig sydd wedi’u profi. Er mwyn cyflawni hyn maent am wella’i dealltwriaeth o farn ffermwyr defaid Cymru ar wella genetig a chofnodi perfformiad. Mae gan HCC ddiddordeb mawr mewn clywed gan holl ffermwyr defaid Cymru am eu barn ar gofnodi perfformiad a’r defnydd o stoc bridio wedi’i cofnodi yn ogystal â materion allweddol eraill sy’n effeithio ar benderfyniadau bridio ar ffermydd defaid. Er mwyn ymchwilio i’r mater hwn a chael golwg gyflawn ar y pwnc mae HCC wedi lansio arolwg ar-lein ac yn annog aelodau FUW i gymryd rhan. Bydd yr arolwg yn cymryd oddeutu 15 munud i’w gwblhau ar-lein, a bydd cyfle i chi ennill tabled am gymryd rhan. Mae’r arolwg ar gael ar wefan HCC


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