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Doing the Math for probability of genetic outcome.

The Booroola Gene is a single major identifiable prolificacy gene.  One copy (B+) will increase a ewe's lambing rate by 1 lamb per lambing.  2 copies (BB) will increase the lambing rate by 2 lambs per lambing.  They call the single copy (B+) heterozygous and double copy (BB) homozygous.

If you are using a BB ram on a non-booroola ewe (++), all her lambs will be B+.  But BB is difficult to breed for without inbreeding, so they are very, very rare.

If you are using a B+ ram and you breed him to non-booroola (++) ewes, half of the lambs will be B+.  The other half will be non-booroola, or ++.  You would have to DNA or projeny test the ewes to identify the B+ ewes as they have no outwardly obvious traits.

If you breed a B+ Ram to a B+ ewe;
50% of the lambs will be B+;
25% will be ++;
25% will be BB.

If you breed a BB to a BB, all the lambs will be BB.

If you breed a BB to a B+, 50% will be BB, 50% will be B+.

Basically you use a Pearson Square to calculate it simply and easily.

(BB) x (++) = 100% (B+)

(B+) x (++) = 50% (B+), 50% (++)

(B+) x (B+) = 50% (B+), 25% (BB), 25% (++)

(BB) x (B+) = 50% (BB), 50% (B+)

(BB) x (BB) = 100% (BB)

Still under construction.

EXPORTING LIVE SHEEP, EMBRYOS and SEMEN.

I am an experienced sheep exporter and can arrange to have the breed of your choice exported to your country, upon request.
Please be aware that prices quoted here are for local sales and exporting prices can be significantly higher because of the many health protocols that must be adhered to for Health Certificates to the destination country as well as transportation.

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