Our case studies are presented under the four genetic cornerstones, to help illustrate how
the cornerstones “work” in real farm situations.

CORNERSTONE 1
Focus on heritable performance
Colin Campbell (right, pictured with Peter Tod), Hawke's Bay I’ve had an unusual path to sheep breeding, which means few preconceptions! Along the way one of my missions was helping launch SIL. View
CORNERSTONE 2
Work with a breeder who uses SIL or breedplan
Richard Scholefield, Gisborne Some people feel estimated breeding values (EBVs) from a genetic evaluation system like SIL or Breedplan are an unnecessary complication, and prefer visual selection. View
CORNERSTONE 3
Align breeding values to your farm management and goals
Gary and Elizabeth Basher, Upper Moutere Gary Basher (pictured with wife Elizabeth) spent four decades developing Howard Head farm in Upper Moutere with a breeding programme to reflect a very particular environment. View
CORNERSTONE 4
Achieve and monitor ongoing genetic gain
Renata Apatu, Ngamatea Station, Taihape For us there are two sides to achieving ongoing genetic gain – buying the genetics to achieve it and using kill sheet data to measure and monitor it. View