Central Progeny Test
The Central Progeny Test funded by Beef & Lamb New Zealand was set up to pool and evaluate rams from across the industry.
The CPT was not set up as a breed comparison. It has focussed on identifying the best genetics, regardless of breed. It has used a small number of rams, with a greater number of progeny per ram, from as many breeds as possible, to improve genetic connections within the New Zealand sheep industry.
Genetic connections between breeding groups established through the CPT have been used in large scale evaluations performed across flocks and across breeds by Sheep Improvement Ltd (SIL). These are the SIL-ACE (SIL Advanced Central Evaluation).
For the latest results please click here.
This year breeding accuracies have been added to the breeding values. Of particular interest is the strong results for the maternal traits of facial eczema and wormfec. You will note the breeding accuracies of our FE breeding values reflecting the history of the information behind our rams going back to 1978.