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So what happens after your first classification? We suggest you use the information you obtained in your consultation time with the classifier to develop a breeding plan based on the classification data and other tools you have access to and start implementing it. Then, after a couple of years have passed, consider another classification to evaluate the results of your decisions.

The same consistent methodology is used during the second herd visit as in the first, however less time is usually taken in detailed definitions of traits. Most breeders have developed a very good understanding of the variations in the characteristics from their first experience and are looking for validation of what they have learned and applied in subsequent breeding and sorting decisions.  More importantly, they have produced offspring from those considerations or added different bloodlines to their herd or changed the focus of a certain group in the herd and want to see the resultant scores added to their S.H.I.P. herd database.  Tracking the rate of change over time is one of the primary tools afforded by the database.  Traditionally, more time is spent between the classifier and owner analyzing these data shifts and looking at them within the context of other data generating tools, such as annual histograms, skin biopsies, fleece show scorecards, EPD’s, fiber sorting and grading reports, etc.

"We had our third classification in 2021 and it was another extremely valuable learning experience.  We have participated every three years, which allows animals new to our farm to be classified.  One of the most helpful exercises for us is actually putting the pieces of the puzzle together by matching animals for breeding, based on the SHIP results.  Many thanks to Suri Network for developing and continuing this valuable program."

The greatest value in these ongoing classifications is the addition of data and herd feedback available to the owner.  Rich opportunities exist for a more complete, detailed analysis of the growth and changes in a herd over time.  The classifier and owner can dig back in time and fast forward to the present to highlight those characteristics and bloodlines most contributory in making both positive and negative gain.  It is of vital importance that breeders continue to contribute their current S.H.I.P. scores to the national herd database in order to reflect advancements and receive dynamic feedback.

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