Greetings & 2011 NSIP Update
Thank you for working through our transition. The best is yet to come.
As with any change, there is a learning process with new terms and procedures and in this case new software to learn. It takes time to make the transition, but the NSIP members that have made the transition, are pleased with the ability to run data as soon as it is collected, multiple times per year and make corrections quickly. It is a much greater value, to have EPDs (now EBVs) in hand, when selecting, selling and culling.
Some of the accomplishments as of January 1, 2011
$ Transfer of 95% of the NSIP Data to LambPlan Databases. Most breeds are ready to run
$ 80% of NSIP 2009 Clients had access to submitting data as of Jan 1, 2011
$ Preliminary Training of 6 NSIP Data Coordinators in the use of the Standard LambPlan data software Pedigree Wizard
$ Establishment of an NSIP office in Harlan, Iowa for invoicing, accepting payments and basic service for NSIP members
$ Addition of 20 new NSIP flocks since signing the agreement in June 2010 (15 % increase)
The three phases of the Transition to having LambPlan do our genetic evaluation are listed in more detail in the addendum at the end of this Update. Now that data transfer is almost complete, Dr Dave Notter has the time to work on several projects of great benefit for NSIP members. A brief description of the three phases of transition is Phase 1 - Export all NSIP data to LambPlan and modify LambPlan software for US units. Phase 2 - Update Genetic Parameters for all breeds and develop fact sheets on the use of EBVs. Hire a NSIP Program Director to help with outreach, education and assistance in using the new software and reports. Phase 3 - Develop and/or refine selection indexes for Lean Growth, Maternal Performance and Range. Also work with LambPlan technical committee on further work to allow better across breed comparisons of EBVs and better equations for EBVs for crossbred.Running in 2011.
Submitting your 2011 Flock Enrollment Fee.
For established flocks, it is time to submit your 2011 enrollment fee. To submit your 2011 data, each flock will need to pay their flock enrollment fee. Go to the NSIP Website http://www.nsip.org
, download and submit the Flock Enrollment Fee. To run data in 2011, your fees do need to be current.
Since several breeds data did not migrate to LambPlan till December of 2010, the NSIP Board voted to make discounts available for those breeds that did not have access to data runs until after December 1, 2010. To obtain those discounts, a flock will need to be enrolled and submit data for both 2010 and 2011. The discounts are for 2010, but will be credited to your 2011 flock enrollment. Discounts for 2010 flock enrollment fees are available to the following breeds:
Katahdin - 25% discount in 2010 flock enrollment
Dorset, Dorper, Hampshire, Shropshire - 50% discount in 2010 flock enrollment
Columbia & Kiko Goat - The NSIP Board will be meeting later this Spring to determine the 2010 discount.Data Fees
- There are two fees. “Flock enrollment” fees are submitted prior to data submission and are based on the number of ewes. Data Fees are due after the submission of post-90 day data. Up to 30% of the lamb crop can be marked as culls or commercial and not be charged the $2.00 data fee. A flock can still submit data on these “culls” but not be charged for it. These post-90 day submissions on culls, greatly increase accuracy for the rest of the flock. To mark a post-90 day submission as cull or commercial, the 11th & 12th character of the 16 digit ID needs to be CO or CU. Marking the animal as a cull in the “status field” does not work. The reports will not include EBVs on culls or commercial animals. The $2.00 data fee is for the lifetime of that animal. Once the $2.00 data fee is paid on the animal, there is no further data fee charge for submitting more data points, such as values for fleece, fecal egg count, yearling weight and/or ultrasound measures.Workshops in 2011
- There are plans to have two workshops on submitting data to NSIP-LambPlan and using the reports later this year. We may also be able to present these as webinars or record them for presentations as webinars for those unable to attend.
NSIP thanks Dr Dave Notter for all of his hard work. Transferring data from NSIP to LambPlan has turned out to be incredibly tedious and time consuming. Dr Notter is on board to help with the Phase II & III of our transition. We look forward to continued improvements involved in the transition. The transition to having LambPlan do NSIP’s data evaluation allows NSIP to implement many of the improvements the NSIP Board and Dr Dave Notter have wanted to for many years. The transition also allows Dave Notter to work on evaluation improvements that he did not have time to do when he was processing data.
If you have any questions, please contact members of the Board of Directors or our office.
Jim Morgan, President, NSIP Board of Directorsinfo@nsip.org
, 479-444-6075ADDENDUM - TRANSITION PLANPhase I - Transferring NSIP Data to LambPlan databases - Completion March 2011
a) Transfer NSIP data, breed by breed, including LambPlan reports with 2009 EBVs for each active flock. Responsibility; Dr. Dave Notter with help from Breed Coordinators, Tracie Roeder, Alan Culham, Jerry Sorensen, Mary Langhus, Dan Morrical & Jim Morgan
b) Hiring an NSIP Bookkeeper, Webmaster & Office Person.
c) Software adaptation to allow NSIP producers to submit weight in pounds and to use US date format. Phase II- Begin April 2011, Completion December 31, 2011
a) Re-evaluate & finalize all genetic parameters of interest for US Sheep Breeders in LambPlan. This will improve accuracy of our data runs.
b) Develop Fact Sheets for Critical Technical Issues for use of LambPlan Services by US Sheep and Goat Producers.
c) Hire a part-time NSIP Program Director to do outreach, provide training and help with data submission and customer service to NSIP clients.
d) Conduct at least two training programs for NSIP Breed Data Coordinators & NSIP clients.Phase III - January, 2012 - June 2012. Working with LambPlan Technical Committee to improve value of LambPlan EBVs for US Sheep Producers.
Foci to include development of Selection Indices in LambPlan for use by the US Sheep Industry to include: i. Index for Lean Growth and ii. Indices for Maternal Performance. There will also be further development of EBVs for Parasite Resistance, Across Breed EBVs and EBVs for crossbred lambs. Supplemental support for development of EBVs for Parasite Resistance will be provided by a USDA Southern SARE grant to Dr. Joan Burke of USDA-ARS Small Farm Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas.