Gotlands Sheep Flocks
PERFORMANCE RECORDING OF GOTLAND SHEEP
Here is an overview of all data collected in our Gotland sheep flock for performance recording.
No of lambs born
Ear tag / Id no registration (individual, trace back to flock no)
Recording of litter data for each ewe + ear tag no of each lamb
Registration of lamb ear tag no links each lamb to pedigree /background data for sire/dam
Weight @ 60 days
Weight @110 days
a) Quantitative Colour i.e the (mainly) visible colour.
b) Qualitative Colour: Uniformity of the colour over whole body and full wool length
2. Curl a) Size - Quantitative b) Shape - Qualitative
3. Wool Quality (qualitative)
4. Wool Distribution (quantitative)
5. Overall / Total Score
Overall summary of the wool & pelt quality
BODY CONFORMATION PARAMETERS
Body conformation 110 days
Fat content 110 days
Body conformation at slaughter (recorded at slaughter, autoreported from most meat processors to ElitLamm)
Fat content of carcass (recorded at slaughter,mainly autoreported)
OTHER PARAMETERS RECORDED FOR REGISTERED GOTLAND SHEEP
FERTILITY & GROWTH RATE PARAMETERS
* Fertility 1st lambing / 2nd and later lambing
* Growth rate to 60 days (weight recorded at birth & 60 days)
* Growth rate to 110 days (weight recorded at 110 days)
* Growth rate to slaughter (weight recorded at slaughter)*
Our performance recording is based on the common Swedish system for performance recording of registered Gotlands..
Sweden has 4 different recording schemes: Pelt breeds
Pelt breeds, i.e Gotlands & Leicester (Swedish developed variant of white L.longwool) are recorded, using all the parameters above.
Wool breeds, such as Finnsheep, Rya (not bred for pelts/furskins) have a similar scheme but separate wool evaluation parameters.
Registered Meat breeds & Cross breeds record same data, except for the wool parameters.
Estimated Breeding Values in Sweden are breed specific and a registered individual is compared against a large reference population within the breed (normally all registered sheep of the same breed, born within the last 10 years).