In the Netherlands, three sheep breeds have a temporary exemption from the ban on tail docking of lambs, with the obligation that an effective breeding policy for shorter tails is implemented. In this report the implementation of the breeding policy of the past decade is evaluated.
All three herd books have set up breeding value estimation for selection. This is done most effectively for the Suffolk and the Clun Forest, both breeds have lowered the mean tail length at birth to about 17 cm, and this is a reduction of about 2 cm less.
Report second evaluation
A report has been drawn up by Wageningen Livestock Research with an evaluation of the breeding programs of the three breeds and the results.