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: Consistently strong sales mark start of 2020 spring selling season

The sheer buying strength and depth has surprised many during the opening stages of the 2020 spring bull sales period, genetics editor Alastair Rayner reports this week ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 4, 2020

Getting a better handle on docility measurements

The importance of docility as a beef cattle trait was highlighted in a recent survey of more than 1200 beef producers across Australia, which found temperament was the most important trait when selecting a bull. Docility measurements are typically taken at weaning, which has the advantage of all calves having had minimal handling, allowing them to express variation in their temperament…Read More

Beef Central, August 4, 2020

New videos explain popular traits when selecting sires

A range of new resources to help commercial beef producers target specific traits identified in their breeding objectives when buying bulls has been launched by MLA. The videos add to the genetics hub’s one-stop-shop of tools and resources, aimed at demystifying genetics and breeding values…Read More

Beef Central, August 4, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Where is the industry up to with Multi-Breed EBVs?

The multi-breed EBV project is one of the most significant large-scale cattle breeding projects in southern Australia since the CRC for Beef Genetics. The project will allow the direct comparison of sires joined and managed in multiple environments across NSW with cattle being finished in feedlots and heifers retained and joined in the project. As well as purchasing cattle direct from the industry at sales, sires can be nominated by producers for inclusion in the program – but nominations close soon…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, July 28, 2020

Genetically-edited bull calf is programmed to produce more male offspring

US animal scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf that was genome-edited as an embryo to produce more male than female offspring…Read More

Beef Central, July 28, 2020

Learn more about Angus AI sire prospects via online ‘Spring Bull Night’

Angus Australia will host a virtual ‘Spring Bull Night’ via social media next month, allowing producers to engage and source information as they make decisions for upcoming AI programs…Read More

Beef Central, July 28, 2020

Genetic selection for improved MSA scores

While many of the factors that affect the eating quality of a carcase and its suitability for Meat Standards Australia programs are heavily influenced by animal handling and management, many factors are also influenced by the genetics of an animal. Bull selection for traits relevant to MSA performance can substantially improve results, in both temperate and tropical beef producing areas…Read More

Jon Condon, July 26, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Managing double muscling through selection

This week’s column looks at what double muscling in beef cattle is, the importance of using gene testing to identify carriers to avoid creating double muscled cattle, and how breeders can live with animals carrying a copy of the myostatin gene if managed properly..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, July 21, 2020

Healthier calves through ImmuneDEX lifts focus on sustainable Angus beef

This year’s Australian Beef Sustainability – 2020 Annual Update has drawn attention to the collaborative efforts of Angus Australia and CSIRO with the development of the breed’s ImmuneDEX research breeding value. The tool provides a genetic description of an animal’s ability to react to immune system challenge, such as disease, showing that animals with a superior immune competence phenotype had significantly lower health related costs and mortality rates…Read More

Beef Central, July 21, 2020

Have we listed your 2020 spring bull sale details?

Beef Central has put the finishing touches on its 2020 spring bull sales calendar, featuring sales fixtures nationwide across all major beef breeds being held between now and December. Is your sale included?..Read More

Jon Condon, July 21, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Why don’t breeders select for more muscling in herds?

In this week’s column I wanted to look at the issue of selecting for muscling in herds. Looking at some recent NLRS data, there is a clear financial reward for cattle with increased muscling, and the difference for same weight and fat steers across the muscle scores can be dramatic…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, July 14, 2020

Understanding the genetics of coat colour

Coat colour is an easily recognisable trait and for many breeds a defining characteristic, so much so that many breeders include coat colour as an important part of their animal selection criteria…Read More

Beef Central, July 14, 2020

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