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FARMERS do not have a black and white attitude towards Estimated Breeding Values, but there is a sliding scale ranging from enthusiastic to sceptical. That was the initial finding of an ongoing project looking at the adoption of EBVs and gene marker technology in the sheep and beef sectors, said Lewis Holloway of Hull University. The project was being undertaken by the geography department and Dr Holloway stressed he was a social scientist with no particular link with agriculture or opinion about EBVs and genes.
He said it was useful to have a spectrum rather than a yes/no situation, as farmers could move along it, or even be in a couple of different places at the same time.