What is Challenge Sheep?
Challenge Sheep is a new AHDB Beef & Lamb-funded project which aims to understand the consequences of the rearing phase on the lifetime performance of ewes.
Covering both sheep bred as ewe lambs and shearlings, the project will track 5,000 replacements from a range of English sheep farms over seven years to understand how flock performance can be improved.
The project aims to generate new knowledge and highlight existing information on managing ewe replacements.
Why get involved?
The project is looking for producers who are keen to use the data they are collecting via EID to make improved decisions on ewe management.
The project farms will have access to cutting-edge information and ways of interrogating data to make the most of it, and will be involved in communicating the findings to other producers.
The aim is to recruit a mix of farming systems that reflect the range of ways of producing sheep in England.
What does Challenge Sheep involve?
Producers who take part in Challenge Sheep will be required to collect data via EID – weights, body condition score, lambing data and lamb performance. They will also be involved in several events over the years where findings will be communicated to other producers.
A nominal payment will be made to Challenge Sheep producers for supplying quality data into the project and they will receive regular feedback and help with monitoring changes to their businesses.
Fifty three applications were received and the Challenge Sheep project team are currently finalising the farms that will be involved. Further updates will be available in June. For any further questions, please contact ku.gr1498516046o.bdh1498516046a@gni1498516046K.yel1498516046yaH1498516046.