Ovita has undertaken a formal process to prioritise traits for future research investment.
Potential economic benefits to New Zealand farmers from a 10% improvement in 50 selected sheep traits were estimated. These benefits to farmers were calculated assuming a particular sheep trait was improved by 10%, or that the total cost of the trait (especially for disease traits) was reduced by 10%.
These economic benefits where then down weighted by factors such as:
This work is intended to inform a workshop of Ovita stakeholder representatives to help them make informed decisions on research priorities for Ovita.