The selection indexes assist in making “balanced” selection decisions, taking into account the relevant growth, carcase & fertility attributes of each animal to identify animals that are most suitable for use within a particular commercial enterprise.
Producers often place emphasis on milk as a BREEDPLAN trait when considering a new beef sire. The ability to provide sufficient milk to support calf growth should be part of a producer’s check list.
However, while milk is important, it probably needs to be placed in context to other traits. In particular it is important to consider the impact milk and calf growth has on overall enterprise profitability.
AngusPRO members have exclusive access to the Research Breeding Values (RBVs) here in New Zealand which is a big step in the right direction for their breeding programs and theirContinue reading “RBVs exclusive to AngusPRO members in New Zealand”
STRUCTURAL assessment should underpin any selection decision producers make on new herd bulls, or when select replacement breeders. Structure is a trait that has moderate to high heritability. As aContinue reading “Weekly Genetics Review: Going in, feet-first”
MAKING genetic change is a long-term undertaking in the beef industry. It is easy to appreciate the time associated with choosing a bull and seeing the resulting calves, but theContinue reading “Weekly Genetics Review: Understanding the long timeframes involved in genetic change in beef “
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Angus Education Centre
The Angus Education Centre is an initiative by Angus Australia to give their members access to information about strategies and tools that will help them explore world leading genetic evaluation technologies to enhance the value and profitability of their cattle throughout the beef supply chain.