Genetics

Beef Central’s exclusive national bull sales summaries

Search our lists below to see bull sales coming up around Australia, and to get the results of recently completed stud and herd bull sales around the country.

The information is a valuable resource to help bull buyers make decisions about upcoming purchases and to stay abreast of latest bull price levels.

Both lists are fully searchable by breed, time-frame, region and specific stud prefix.

Australia’s highest selling bulls and females – click here to find out the record prices paid for each breed

Northern saleyards see significant investment, autumn bull sales planned

While online cattle sales have been breaking records in recent years, several saleyard facilities across the north have been receiving significant investment…Read More

Eric Barker, 27/01/2022

Exploring issues surrounding the fertilising capacity of beef bulls

Beef breeding advisor Dr Phil Holmes explores a range of issues surrounding the fertilising capacity of beef bulls. “We can get rid of this blight on the industry (penile deviation) so easily. We have a gene marker for the condition as a function of great research, but unfortunately the work was done with only one breed,” he says. “We need a tad more work to show that the marker crosses breed boundaries.”..Read More

Dr Phil Holmes* , 08/12/2021

Weekly genetics review: 2021 proved to be a year to remember for bull breeders

Attempting to describe the 2021 bull selling season without using adjectives like ‘unprecedented’ or ‘record-breaking’ is a very difficult task for agents, industry observers, bull breeders and cattle producers following the seedstock sector’s fortunes. In his final weekly genetics column for the year, genetics writer Al Rayner ponders whether there is a risk of bull breeders over-reacting to the extraordinary 2021 results, in delivering bulls in future years ..Read More

Guest Author, 10/11/2021

Weekly genetics review: Is there an opportunity to select for male fertility?

A quick look at the various EBVs which address fertility traits in cattle shows almost all relate to aspects of female fertility. But can there be some genetic selection for bull fertility, beyond the use of scrotal circumference measurements? It’s possible using BBSE earlier that Age at Puberty can actually be a good method, and longer-term, genomic data may also hold promise to help develop an EBV for conception rate, writes genetics editor Al Rayner..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 03/11/2021

Weekly genetics review: Addressing cow reproduction through genetics

This week’s review looks at the value in enhancements to data and reference population work from the north to improve reproductive selection in cows. “Basically, the data we have now is enhancing reproductive EBVs such as Days to Calving to increase accuracy by almost 15pc in Brahmans – a significant shift forwards for producers to select earlier and with more confidence,” genetics editor Al Rayner says..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 26/10/2021

Genetics: Incremental changes for a profitable future

Beef producer Marie Copley from Copley Pastoral Co near Crows Nest in southern Queensland delivered a presentation posing the question, “To EBV or not EBV?” at a field day held at Brahman bull breeder Alf Collins’ Collins Belah Valley (CBV) in August. Here is a summary of her address…..Read More

Beef Central, 26/10/2021

Selection for tick resistance has long history

A recent Beef Central genetics article about a multi-nation research study flagging the ‘feasibility’ of breeding strong tick resistance into all cattle breeds has attracted a response from one of Australia’s pioneers of cattle selection for tick resistance, who worked on the topic as far back as the mid-1970s. ..Read More

Beef Central, 26/10/2021

Weekly genetics review: Is there really a free lunch in crossbreeding?

One of the most common expressions used in discussions regarding crossbreeding is that it represents the only “free lunch” for cattlemen and women. Another equally recognisable quote came from the famous economist Milton Friedman, who said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Of the two expressions, genetics editor Al Rayner tends to think there is more truth in the second, when applied to crossbreeding…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 19/10/2021

Wagyu sector explores new innovation in breeding models for Australian cattle

The Australian Wagyu sector is driving forward with an innovative approach to delivering genetic gain. Through its own Progeny Test Program, the AWA is drawing in leading genetics from around the world to create a global reference population, testing up to 40 new Wagyu sires each year. A semen sale featuring leading genetics from the program is a key part of the program, with bidding ending on Tuesday. ..Read More

Beef Central, 15/10/2021

Weekly genetics review: “EBVs cause your herd to go backwards” – some responses to observations during the year

Over the course of 2021, I have spent lots of time discussing with bull breeders and commercial producers the use of the tools at our disposal to create genetic improvement, genetics editor Al Rayner writes in this week’s column. “It seems that there are often extreme views about the tools at hand, let alone a strong understanding of the correct methods of use in seeking to achieve an outcome for a breeding objective,” he says…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 12/10/2021

Extraordinary bull sale clearance rates reflect beef ‘breeding frenzy’

To say that commercial cattle producers are highly incentivised to produce as many calves as possible this year is an understatement, and it at least partially explains the extraordinary demand-side pressure being applied at bull sales this spring, right across Australia. Beef Central has dug into its bull sales data and come up with some startling figures that illustrate what’s driving the bull market ..Read More

Jon Condon, 12/10/2021

Data driven genetic gains in Wagyu through progeny test semen sale

Wagyu breeders can get a head start in the ten year AWA progeny test program by linking their herd to the global reference population through a special progeny test program semen sale being held next week. The Australian industry is being provided access to semen from leading next-generation Wagyu sires from Australia and around the world, that will be benchmarked against Japanese Foundation and leading industry sires in the progeny test…Read More

Beef Central, 06/10/2021

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