|Animal Breeding Research Organisation|
I joined the Farm at Stanhope, one of Farms belonging to the ABRO in the August 1969. The project that was running on the farm was a 25 year long breeding experiment, which had started in mid 50's, designed to establish how long it would take improve carcuss quality and fleece quality should a Farmer wish to improve either of these characteristics in his commercial flock
|The Yearly agenda and daily Routine had continued since its inception.|
09:00 Record the Weather at the Farm Weather Station.
10:15 Coffee Break
15:30 Coffee Break
Unless outside work required it to complete the clerical work for the experiment.
|Month||Outside Work||Office Work|
|Nov||Tupping Started||Record Daily Numbers|
|Dec||Tupping Finishes||Record Daily Numbers|
|Jan||None||Prepare Tupping Reports|
|Feb||None||Write data for Extrapolation|
|Mar||None||Prepare for Lambing & Data recording |
|April||Start Lambing||Record Births|
|May||End Lambing||Record Births|
|June||Ewe Weighing & Administer medication||Record Weights|
|July||Shearing||Record Fleece weights|
|Aug||Working on the Farm||Routine Work|
|Sept||Lamb Sales||Record Daily Numbers|
|Oct||Lamb Sales ||Prepare Weigh Boards - Pre Tupping|
|Summary of work|
This was to record all the data to be fed into the computer and to the research team to allow them to calculate the progress of the experiment. The breeding stock of the farm was split into 6 lines. 2 for fleece (Fine & Coarse), 2 for carcuss (Short & Long) and 2 others (Random & Control). There were about 3000 breeding ewes. It is not my intention to summarise the experiment which is well documented elsewhere.
- Prepare data grids - These were boards with cutouts so that blank sheets could be placed under the grid to record the data. The Sheeps identity was written on the grid. Deaths being crossed off. These were used for body weights, fleece weights and grades and offspring identity.
- Preserve all identities - 5 characters (Year,Line,birth no ie 2S218 means it was the 218 birth - short - 1972)
- After all recorded activities cut data from sheets (under grid) and stick in appropriate column in stock book.
- Pre and Post Tupping Weights
- Tupping Information service dates (0 to 9Y), Sire (5 digits) Remarks by code (0-2).
- Lambing details - Date, Sex, Fosterings, Rearing (coded 0 to 9), Twins, Birth coat (c/vc/s/vs), Birth Weight
- Post Lambing weights June
- Pre shearing weight July and fleece weight
- Lambs Weaning weights Sept
- Fleece Grades at Woollen Mill
- Ensure the Records taken were as accurate as possible and all the preparatory work was carried out in time for their useage.
- On the Farm we were involved with Silage Making, Hay Making, Harvesting & Threshing of Oats, Fencing Repairs, Hand Milking the Farm Cow as relief.
- Agro Met. To record the weather daily as well as mid month at 1000ft and month end and the top 2500ft.
- As I had shepherding Experience I was responsible for the Lambing on one of the hirsels.
- We were also available to help other Government research bodies with their work such as the Medical Research Council and Cattle
Blood Typing Project.
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|E & O E - please note that this is written some 30 years after the event.|
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