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Table 1 Subpopulations included in the model which represent the Irish sheep industry

From: Genetic and economic benefits of foreign sire contributions to a domestic sheep industry; including an Ireland-New Zealand case study

Subpopulation Abbreviation Description
Ram breeder flocks
 Conservative breeders CON Flocks that do not invest in superior genetics and are not achieving genetic gain
 Progressive breeders using domestic genetics PRO Flocks that are currently ranked in the top 40 flocks for genetic gain but never use foreign genetics
 Progressive breeders using foreign genetics PROFOR Flocks using foreign genetics via artificial insemination (AI) but also source domestic rams within their own subpopulation
 Foreign breeders FOR Foreign flocks who supply rams directly to domestic flocks
End-users
 Commercial farmers COM Commercial flocks sourcing rams or semen from ram breeder flocks