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LET THE COMPUTER SORT IT OUT...

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eliza and Nora re size                                                        You can never have enough good help   

Lambing is finally done at Bunker Hill where we lambed all our ewes in two separate periods each 17 days in length. I am still trying to figure out who recommened lambing the two coldest weeks of the year in mid Feburary. It could have been me!Cool Our early lambs have been weaned and weighed with records sent off to Australia to be processed. We had a spread of weights within the 17 day lambing window of 80 pounds from 115 #s to 35 #s. Whoa, that is a lot of difference in lambs that averaged 60 days of age. That is where NSIP comes in, NSIP is able to sort though many of the environmental differences such as sex, birth weight, type of birth, type of rearing, and age of the lamb plus factor in the age effect of the dam to adjust all of the lamb weights. NSIP then looks at the breeding values of all of the lambs relatives to compute an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) for each lamb. Even long ago when my brain worked at 100% I could not begin to figure all of that out. The power of the NSIP computer is amazing!!! Our initial records should be returned to us in early May and we are always willing to share if you are interested knowing.           

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