Next generation genetics tested in Hawke’s Bay Horizon Farming’s Maraetotara block could be the United Nations of New Zealand sheep farming. Lambs born on the Hawke’s Bay property this spring have sires from 11 different breeds. Horizon Farming has teamed up with Progressive Meats and B+LNZ Genetics to compare the performance of various terminal rams’ offspring under commercial farming conditions. View Smedley takes science to the land Smedley Station is the first step for many young cadets in farming. Since March 2016, the 5054ha Hawke’s Bay training farm has also been making the first steps in on-farm progeny testing of sheep. Until recently, central progeny testing (CPT) was done solely in lowland research centres, which did not necessarily reflect the hill country environment of most New Zealand sheep. The goal is to help breeders and commercial farmers more easily identify genetics that will perform best for them, by testing in actual farming environments. View How accurately do DNA profiles match real life? While nestled amongst the B+LNZ Genetics Progeny Test family, the Landcorp Duncraigen arrangement is slightly different, as the Te Anau property is home to the South Island Genomic Calibration (SIGC) flock. View