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Buying rams soon?

Ask for their standard index figure: one number that’s comparable across all rams, regardless of breed. The higher the number, the better the ram.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Dual purpose rams have a New Zealand Maternal Worth figure (NZMW), while terminal rams have a New Zealand Terminal Worth figure (NZTW).

If you’re breeding both replacement and finishing stock, then look at rams with a high NZMW figure. If you’re only breeding terminal stock, then look for rams with a high NZTW figure. Note that, terminal rams have lower scores than maternal rams, because their figure is calculated from a smaller number of traits.

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