Importance of Genetic Selection a Big Topic at American Lamb Summit
Ben Lehfeldt is a sheep producer from Lavina, Mont. He's also the American Sheep Industry Association Secretary/Treasurer. He says using advanced technology can help producers capture critical data and then create modern solutions for challenges in the US sheep industry.
"Really what we're trying to do is create a a practical environment for moving the sheep industry into the genetics world," said Lehfeldt. "The beef industry has used EPDs for a long time. We have EBVs which are estimated breeding values in sheep. And some of the challenges are making sure we have enough seed stock producers that are putting data in so we can create those accurate EBVs for our commercial producers to utilize in the industry."
He says regardless of where you raise sheep, the goals are basically the same.
"There's different mindsets for sure," said Lehfeldt. "I think the goals remain the same in a lot of these operations, whether you have ten sheep; whether you run a 2000 sheep in the west; whether you're running on Forest Service land; or whether you're running a weed program in California dealing with underbrush and fire control, the goals are the same. That's what we're trying to get to here. What are the basic things that we can do as an industry to move forward? And that's really what some of these conferences help people do and and learn more about."
For more information about the American Lamb Summit, visit www.lambresourcecenter.com/summit2022.
Source: Ag Information Network & Western Ag Network