Having had a few late born lambs (all by Lowerye Eric) killed for the freezer, the reasons for our selection policies were clear.............
Ultrasound, and more recently, CT scanning has enabled us to breed sheep with exceptionally wide, full loins. This is shown on CT as increased eye muscle area and on the plate as meaty, succulent chops. In fact, our average eye muscle depth, measured by ultrasound scanning, has increased by a huge 33% in the decade or so since we started recording and selecting on those records. In the real world, that equates to a chop with a third more meat in it!
The chops above went on a BBQ and I can personally vouch for them being tender and succulent!