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- ACGA Merrrit is an electronic herdbook
containing the parentage and performance records of individual
- Genetic links across herds are established
and used to compare the performance of animals in different flocks.
- Australian Cashmere Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) are
calculated. For an explanation of EBVs
- Lists of trait leaders are published and promoted to the
How the data is managed?
- The breeder formats their herd data using the headings
found in the Merrrit template
and saves it as a comma separated data file (that is filename.csv)
- Data is uploaded across the internet into the ACGA Merrrit
- Data is assumed to be public except in special
- On the 31st of October, 31st January,
30th April and 31st July each year, data is
downloaded, error checked and prepared for the EBV program.
- Australian Cashmere EBVs are calculated, circulated to
contributing growers and all public data is published.
Anyone accessing the site can see the public face.
To see the private face, it is necessary to log onto the system. The identity
for logon is the ACGA three letter herdcode and a nominated password.
When logged on, an ACGA member can see all of their data including any that they
have nominated as private. They are not able to see the private data of
All industry data is used for EBV calculations.
The source code is licensed under the GPL.