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.

Click here to access beef breed record bull and female prices

New GM for Droughtmaster Australia

The Droughtmaster Australia Board has announced the appointment of a new General Manager to take effect from October this year…Read More

Beef Central, September 16, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Selection considerations around birth weight

Many producers focus solely on Birth weight EBVs to address issues around poor calving, genetics editor Al Rayner writes in this week’s genetics review. However many people may be overlooking the mature size of their cows, and are not managing nutrition to get them in calf, or are managing pre-calving nutrition poorly. There is also the risk of focussing on birth weight and impacting growth traits as a result. There is a better option if there really is an issue with calving ease, and that is to use the calving ease EBV (direct) which will also be less antagonistic to growth…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, September 10, 2019

Charolais cross and Angus claim RAS Beef Challenge domestic and 100-day titles + PICTURES

High-performing Charolais x Angus entries claimed the overall domestic market title, while straightbred Angus entries topped the 100-day grainfed class in the RAS of NSW 2019 Sydney Royal Beef Challenge finalised last week…Read More

Alastair Rayner, September 9, 2019

Angus bull sets new breed record at $160,000

A new Australian breed record price of $160,000 was set at Millah Murrah’s annual Angus bull sale near Bathurst in central western NSW yesterday…Read More

Beef Central, September 6, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Sire selection – a few overlooked basics

This week’s genetics column is inspired by a number of producers who were at sales I’ve been to recently who had no plan or idea about what they were trying to do. This is my take on the key skills producers need to take to a sale. Surprisingly there isn’t much written anywhere on this. Some readers will find it useful as new information, while for older more experienced bull buyers, it might remind them of the importance of pre-sale preparation…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, September 3, 2019

Vetoquinol backs Angus Sire Benchmarking Program

Angus Australia’s partnership with independent global health company Vetoquinol has been extended and will include covering the next joining round of the breed’s important Angus Sire Benchmarking Program…Read More

Beef Central, September 3, 2019

Tissue sampling units deliver faster and more accurate genetic selection

The switch from hair samples to using tissue sampling units (TSUs) has resulted in faster and more accurate collection of DNA for genomic analysis for Armidale NSW cattle breeder Richard Ogilvie…Read More

Beef Central, September 2, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Setting realistic targets for genetic improvement

Many producers have no idea what their herd’s performance is, and are selecting for traits that are either not helping them or trying to address problems that are perceptions, and not facts. Starting with some benchmarks will provide a basis for better bull decisions, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 27, 2019

AI son produced from 45-year-old bull’s semen to sell at Rocky Droughtmaster sale

A rare stash of stored semen from a renowned Droughtmaster bull born 45 years ago has been used to produce a bull calf being offered at next month’s National Droughtmaster Sale in Rockhampton…Read More

Jon Condon, August 27, 2019

Weekly genetics review: The practicalities of introducing and managing new bulls

With thousands of herd bulls currently changing hands in the spring bull market, genetics editor Al Rayner offers some advice to buyers on managing new sire introductions and assimilating them into the herd..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 20, 2019

Tools available to help producers pick a high-performance sire + Videos

When two sires look similar – same breed, same weight and both structurally sound – how does one tell which will produce the most fertile daughters or progeny with the best marbling? The truth is, nobody can tell, by looks alone. But that’s why producers have access to breeding values.

They allow stakeholders to see ‘under the hood’ and know, with a high degree of confidence, a sire’s genetic potential in their herd…Read More

Beef Central, July 6, 2019

Weekly genetics review: For some, spring bull sale results better than expected

On the back of a third year in drought and declining cow numbers, there has been quiet concern among many over prospects for this year’s spring bull sales as the July sales commenced. However some strong results, underpinned by bulk purchases from Queensland producers, have combined to keep clearances reasonably strong over the past four weeks. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 13, 2019

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