The Society provides a subsidy for each birth notified lamb scanned in addition to the EBLEX/HCC and QMS subsidy.
English and Welsh Members using the Mobile CT scanner
Scottish Members using the Static scanner at Edinburgh
This offers up to £4000 of Society funding to Texel recorders.
Dates for CT scanning in 2016 (Texel dates highlighted):
|Scan Date||Scan Site||Target Breed Closing Date|
|10th – 11th May||Stoneleigh||Charollais/Hampshire Down|
|6th – 8th June||Edinburgh||Suffolk|
|5 – 6th July||Stoneleigh||Texel/Suffolk/Charollais|
|11th – 13th July||Edinburgh||Texel/Suffolk/Charollais|
|15th – 18th August||Edinburgh||Texel/Beltex|
|22nd – 23rd August||Edinburgh||Texel|
|10th – 11th September||Thorganby||Meatlinc|
Signet Closing Dates for CT data for all CT scanned breeds can be seen below - please ensure your lambs are booked into the correct scanning session.
|Breed||Signet closing dates for data|
|Hampshire Down||16th May 2016|
|2nd September 2016|
|Charollais||13th May 2016|
|31st August 2016|
|Suffolk||10th June 2016|
|5th August 2016|
|7th October 2016|
|Texel||13th July 2016|
|24th August 2016 (later date to be organised for Aberystwyth scanned Texels)|
|7th October 2016|
|Beltex||18th July 2016|
|19th August 2016|
|Meatlinc||11th September 2016|
Mobile Scanning Unit
To use the CT service the following charges apply for 2016
The following subsidies have been offered for 2016
The subsidy will apply to male lambs only and will be for a minimum of 5 lambs per flock with a selection of sires represented.
Scottish members using static scanner: £10 / lamb subsidy.
English members using mobile scanner: £19.50 / lamb subsidy.
Welsh members using mobile scanner: £26.50 / lamb subsidy.
This will reduce CT Scanning charges for Texel members to between £10 / lamb and £22.50 / lamb. You will be invoiced by the Society for your CT Scanning services.
Important Information - Are your lambs eligible for CT scanning and the relevant subsidy?:
If you are interested in CT scanning your lambs, contact Kirsty McLean at SRUC to book your lambs in for CT scanning.
Kirsty McLean Senior Technician and Manager,
CT Scanner Unit, Pentland Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Mid-Lothian EH26 0PH
First trialled back in the early nineties using Texel sheep, CT Scanning of lambs has continued to offer major benefits for many breeds development.
There has been an increase in the number of pedigree lambs being CT scanned with Texel members offering the greatest influence, since the introduction of the mobile scanning service in 2009. The service has also opened up a few new research possibilities for the breed which has been very positive.
CT identified as a key accelerator for a breeds development
The accuracy of Estimated Breeding Values for growth and carcass traits are greatly enhanced through the incorporation of CT data into the evaluation of your flock. Indexes and EBVs will be increased if CT measures prove an individual or family to be genetically superior.
CT scanning your lambs provides several benefits to your flock: