Dan Morrical, Faculty, Animal Science
Sheep producers have been slow to adopt the use of genetic evaluation technology. National Sheep Improvement program was developed and initiated at Iowa State University in 1987. Since that time NSIP has generated the commitment of a small number of seedstock producers. Genetic improvement for increased productivity is the sheep industry is drastically needed.
The objective of this sale and education program was to advance the knowledge of sheep producers in using genetic information via Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) to improve the production level and subsequently their bottom line of their operations.
Center of the Nation NSIP Sale and Educational Seminar was held in July 2006 and August 2007. The educational program focused on the use the genetic merit for increased production.
Over the both years this effort had over 200 producers attend the educational programming to improve their genetics. The sale results in 2007 speak for themselves with 106 lots sold for over a $500 average per lot. This provides support for NSIP participants to continue using NSIP since they will be rewarded for their efforts.
Area Livestock Specialist Dennis DeWitt was very instrumental in supporting this effort in Northwest Iowa.
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