B+LNZ Genetics Webinar: Leading the flock – breeding toward low-methane genetics

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Join us for an informative webinar on how to use genetic selection to reduce methane emissions in New Zealand’s sheep flocks.

This webinar is tailored for sheep stud breeders and individuals with a passion for genetics.

Previous research has confirmed that methane emissions are heritable and allowed for the establishment of a breeding value for the trait which has been incorporated into nProve (formerly SIL).

This online event focuses on harnessing the power of science and research to provide solutions and options in our sheep breeding sector. It is an opportunity to gain valuable insights, interact with our industry experts and learn about available tools that can be used with ram-buying clients who are interested in low-methane rams.

Webinar highlights

During the 90-minute webinar, we’ll be delving into the following topics, with a question and answer session after each speaker.

1) Breeding low methane sheep: turning science into action (30min presentation, 15min Q&A)

Hear from Suzanne Rowe (AgResearch), as she discusses:

  • practical steps for booking and preparing for PAC measurement
  • insights into trait performance, breeding value distribution and the potential inclusion in an Index
  • methane emissions and potential associated changes within your breeding flocks
  • the latest research findings, international advancements and trends in the field.

2) Harnessing nProve for ram selection (20min presentation, 15min Q&A)

The second part of the webinar will focus on how you can use nProve to:

  • find breeders recording methane – how potential clients can find you.
  • utilise the methane trait and breeding values to create a selection list that can be used with ram-buying clients.

Cool Sheep® Programme

This webinar is proudly organised by the Cool Sheep® Programme, a three-year, $4.2 million programme funded by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The goal of the programme is simple: offer every sheep farmer access to low-methane genetics and support them to be recognised and rewarded for breeding low methane-emitting sheep.

For more information about the Cool Sheep® Programme visit the B+LNZ Genetics website.


All registrations will be managed online. You can register for the webinar below.

Please email info@blnzgenetics.com if you have any questions about the event.