Sheep Genetics Events


New Member Workshops

Are you a new member and want to make the pieces fit?

Sheep Genetics are running an online workshop targeted at new members who are getting started and want to learn more about the process.

Next date: Thursday 2nd December, 2021, 1pm AEDST

This workshop will cover:

  • Getting ASBVs – what goes into your breeding values?
  • Getting results – how do I access my breeding values?
  • How does genotyping fit?

Register now 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

MateSel training

MateSel is a tool available to Sheep Genetics clients to help with mate selection. MateSel is designed to aid in balancing genetic gain and diversity, it has the capacity to include practical breeding program restrictions.

To get the most out of MateSel your flock should nearly be 100% full pedigree because it draws on information through the pedigree to manage the diversity of the population. 

To access to MateSel, users must first attend a training workshop to learn how to get the most from the program. At the completion of the training, attendees complete a short assessment, before routine access to MateSel via the SG Tools page is provided.

Find out more about MateSel.

When and where

MateSel training is run based on demand, usually in spring.The upcoming 2021 courses will suit both beginner and those wanting a refresher in the lead up to joining.

Session 1: Introduction to MateSel will include:

  • How MateSel fits in the breeding program
  • Setting up a run
  • MateSel demonstration – doing a run

If you would like to learn more about MateSel, but use a service provider for runs, then Session 1 is for you.

Session 2: Making MateSel work for you will be an interactive session where attendees will step through their own runs in a group setting.

If you would like to gain access to MateSel, you will need to attend both Session 1 and Session 2, and complete an assessment (which will be provided upon completion of the workshops).

Registrations are now open for the November workshops. Please register for the most suitable date and time using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions about joining the session.

Spots are limited for Session 2, as these are interactive small group sessions – get in quick to secure the best time for you.

Session 1: Introduction to MateSel

(All times are using NSW Daylights Savings time)


Session 2: Making MateSel work for you

Cost and registration

Sheep Genetics will be delivering a series of online workshops for both MateSel beginners, and those who would like a refresher on setting up and running the tool.

These are held online, there is no cost to attend.

Expressions of interest for future training

Please complete the form to register your interest in attending MateSel training courses. Please note those who are interested will be contacted when dates are set.


Online forum sessions 2021

Considering recent COVID restrictions and uncertainty about travel restrictions this year, we delivered Regional Forum sessions online. 


The first session is Sheep Genetics Update was presented by our manager, Gus Rose. Gus covered what has happened with the analysis, Sheep Genetics websites, and plans to improve the indexes. 


The second session was Recording Reproduction presented by our Senior Development Officer, Emma McCrabb, it covered the changes to the Reproduction ASBVs and what you should be recording to make the most of these changes. 


The third session was Workshopping data quality presented by our LAMBPLAN Development Officer, Gabby Sherring. This session included details on the proposed Data Quality Score and new version of the Ramping Up Genetic Gain report, and provided an opportunity to go through your flock’s reports with a Sheep Genetics team member.  


We also ran a Q&A session for Service Providers as an extension of what has been delivered in the previous sessions. We encouraged all Service Providers who were not able to attend the Service Provider Workshop in Melbourne earlier this year to join each of the sessions listed above, as well as the Q&A session.


Service provider training

This workshop is for service providers who advise and support Sheep Genetics breeders. This type of support may range from on-farm technical support and data management, to broader genetic advice and MateSel operation.

Service provider training offers valuable information and tools required to support clients and deliver quality breeding program advice. It helps service providers feel more comfortable giving advice on data and is crucial in ensuring they are supplying producers with the most recent and applicable information.  

When and where

Service provider training is usually a two-day event run annually in autumn. The workshop is held in different locations around Australia each year to increase accessibility for participants.  



Regional forums

Throughout each year, Sheep Genetics run a series of regional workshops across Australia so breeders can:

  • keep updated on enhancements to the analysis
  • learn how to get the most out of their breeding program
  • speak directly to Sheep Genetics staff.

The workshops are not specifically LAMBPLAN or MERINOSELECT workshops but aimed at a mixed audience, of all breeds, and for both long term and new clients.

Sessions covered generally include:

  • principles of genetic selection
  • the evolving world of genetics
  • arming your genetics toolkit
  • developing an action plan.

These workshops are paced so that new Sheep Genetics members are not left behind, whilst also providing new information and techniques for existing clients.

When and where

Each year various regional forums are run across Australia in locations that are accessible for most breeders. These locations change each year to get as much coverage as possible.

Cost and registration

Usually, the cost of regional forums is $20 per person which covers the day's activities along with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. 

Regional forums are advertised through the Sheep Genetics including Breeders Bulletins and monthly updates.


Leading breeder

The Leading breeder conference is the premier event for Sheep Genetics clients, showcasing speakers and topics relevant to the sheep industry today and into the future.

Since its conception, the event has grown bigger and better drawing progressive sheep breeders from all around the country. 

The event is run over two days and has a variety of guest speakers to discuss new developments and exciting technologies in the genetics space.

The Leading breeder conference takes place in March every second year with the last conference being held in 2021. It is open to all Sheep Genetics clients and an invitation to attend will be sent out closer to the date.


Request a Sheep Genetics speaker

Sheep Genetics have an expert team of people who combine their skills and work together to advance the Australian red meat and livestock industry. The Sheep Genetics team have the ability to travel to your event and speak face-to-face or alternatively present online via webinars.

Complete this form to request a Sheep Genetics speaker.

MLA will review applications at the end of each month and advise applicants at the beginning of the following month.