Genetics

Beef Central’s exclusive national bull sales summaries

These searchable lists are a valuable nationwide resource for both upcoming and recently completed stud and herd bull sales information. This presentation is designed to assist bull buyers making decisions about upcoming purchases, and industry stakeholders interested in recent sales results. Both lists are fully searchable by breed, time-frame, region and specific stud prefix.

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Weekly genetics review: Crossbreeding for profit

Within any herd, the genetic potential to perform needs to be a consideration within the larger picture of enterprise profitability. It is easy to overlook one of the effective genetic opportunities available for producers, which is crossbreeding, says genetics editor Alastair Rayner – but it needs to be approached correctly. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 23, 2021

Focus on optimising genetic evaluation, says Nuffield scholar

Greater focus must be placed on optimising genetic gain through the accurate selection of non-visual profit-driving traits, says 2019 Nuffield Scholar Rebecca Burnham.
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Beef Central, February 23, 2021

ABRI implements advanced prediction model to support large numbers of genotypes for genetic evaluation

The Agricultural Business Research Institute has become one of the world’s first users of the Single Step Genomic Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (GTBLUP method, which allows for an almost unconstrained use of genomic data in calculating Estimated Breeding Values. ..Read More

Beef Central, February 23, 2021

Weekly genetics review: Are some breeding basics being too easily overlooked?

Selection for growth is a topic that creates significant discussion among cattle producers.  Last week’s genetics column stimulated a number of messages and emails from cattle producers keen to highlight points of view around growth. These points highlighted to me a few areas that are worth revisiting for many producers … ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 16, 2021

Applications open for Beef Australia 2021 Angus Scholarships

The Angus Foundation’s Beef 2021 Scholarship applications are now open, with Angus Australia set to award three scholarships to members aged 18-30 to attend the industry’s triennial exhibition in Rockhampton from May 2 to 8…Read More

Beef Central, February 16, 2021

Weekly genetics review: Commercial trials reinforce the importance of clear breeding objectives

In this weeks report, genetics editor Alastair Rayner looks for the key messages from recent feedlot performance trials in NSW. “Its pretty clear that the profit drivers around growth and yield are being potentially overlooked as producers seek to manage eating quality,” he says. The importance of knowing what drive profit is highlighted and should be built into breeding objectives…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 9, 2021

New CEO appointed for Herefords Australia; big changes afoot within Brangus breed

In recent breed society developments, Herefords Australia has made a high-profile appointment to fill the vacancy left following the recent resignation of general manager, Andrew Donoghue. Meanwhile, there are some big changes happening within the Australian Brangus Cattle Association…Read More

Beef Central, February 9, 2021

Weekly genetics review: How useful is genotyping in commercial herds?

While genotyping is becoming increasingly more common in Australian seedstock operations, many commercial producers are also seeking to see if this technology can be used within their programs…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 2, 2021

Changes for Angus structural soundness EBVs

Considerable changes have been made to the Structural Soundness EBVs that were first published on Australian Angus cattle in the December 2020 Trans-Tasman Angus Cattle Evaluation. ..Read More

Beef Central, February 2, 2021

Weekly genetics review: A confident outlook for the autumn bull season

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner returns tonight to file his weekly genetics reviews through the autumn bull selling season. Here is his take on sale prospects for the next three or four months…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, January 28, 2021

Have we listed your 2021 autumn bull sale details?

Beef Central has put the finishing touches on its 2021 autumn bull sales calendar, featuring sales fixtures nationwide across all major beef breeds being held between early February and June. Is your sale included?..Read More

Jon Condon, January 28, 2021

Genomic selection driving fertility in northern breeding herds

Improved fertility within northern beef herds is on the horizon, with more research taking place to improve the accuracy of Estimated Breeding Values for female reproductive traits. The project is developing information and tools for northern producers to confidently select genetically highly fertile stock, to ultimately increase calving rates…Read More

Beef Central, January 28, 2021

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