We are going to do an exercise to highlight something many of you are questioning when looking up animals online and using the percentile graphs as your bull buying reference…Continue reading “Differences in Percentile Graphs”
The term “curve bender” has been loosely used in the industry for some time to explain the effect of selecting for increased growth while maintaining birth weight in breeding decisions. The term refers to bucking the trend or the expected result when selecting just on growth, which given the correlation between growth traits would simply lead to heavier cattle from birth through to maturity.
In recent years, Ohana Farms has gone from strength to strength, and manager Rob Craw says it’s all down to their genetics.
Situated on the rugged Coromandel coast, Ohana Farms is a sheep and beef breeding operation complemented by a breeding and finishing block in the King Country.
Angus Australia has recently released a new ‘Quick Guide to the New Angus Selection Indexes’ fact sheet. The fact sheet provides an explanation for commercial Angus breeders of the changesContinue reading “Quick Guide to Selection Indexes”
Achieving quality beef takes forethought, consistency, and technology – principles Ben Todhunter of Cleardale Angus adheres to within his breeding program.
The most important part of this matrix by far is marbling or intramuscular fat (IMF), which gives the meat its tenderness, juiciness, flavour and texture, and if the animal does not havethe genetic propensity to marble, then no amount of feeding or management will make it magically appear.
Selection is often used as a catch-all term on-farm to describe everything from the choice of bulls, to choosing replacement heifers.
Selection is fundamentally the process of choosing animals based on the suitability they have for inclusion in a breeding herd. These choices are often driven by physical factors.
Rissington Cattle Company in Hawkes Bay has earned a reputation for innovation and genetic improvement over many decades. However their work in feed efficiency is the new frontier…
Behind the Beef is an Angus Australia podcast, giving a behind the scenes look across all facets of Angus beef cattle in Australia. For an insight into the latest news, research and developments and programs from Angus Australia, keep an ear out for Behind the Beef!
The magazine is bursting at the spine with on farm profiles, viewpoints, educational and scientific information for both stud breeders and commercial farmers. It has been curated by Editor Sarah Horrocks and even if you have just the slightest whisker of curiosity about how to improve profitability within your farming system, it’s worth the read.