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Operational upgrade of KID Plan website

Project start date: 01 September 2013
Project end date: 12 May 2014
Publication date: 01 June 2014
Livestock species: Goat
Relevant regions: National
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Summary

The objective of KIDPLAN was to provide simple, practical information for goat breeders and producers on the genetic potential of their animals, by ranking them for various production characteristics, in the form of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs). KIDPLAN commenced receiving data from goat breeders in 1997 and since that time a total of 22 seedstock breeders have at some point been a member with usage peaking in the year 2000. As at 2014, there were nine active members submitting data. Most of the communication material available to producers regarding KIDPLAN dated back to 2000 and was in need of review to ensure relevance and consistency with LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT; similar programs also run by Sheep Genetics for sheep and wool industries.
Based on recommendations from the 2012 Seedstock Industry report, project B.GOA.0096 reviewed existing KIDPLAN communication materials as well as Module 5 - Goat selection of the Going into Goats: Profitable producers' best practice guide to ensure these resources provide accurate and timely information in a readily accessible format.

More information

Project manager: Julie Petty
Primary researcher: Schuster Consulting Group Pty Ltd