Genetics

Beef Central’s exclusive national bull sales summaries

These searchable lists are a valuable nationwide reference-point 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 bull sales results. Both lists are fully searchable by breed, time-frame, region and specific stud prefix. Over time, the list will grow into a valuable statistical resource.

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Click here to access Recently Completed Bull Sales 

Click here to access beef breed record bull and female prices

Australian tropical beef genetics seen as a ‘mecca’ for South America

Australia should be seen as a ‘mecca’ by South American beef producers seeking genetic improvement, a visiting Paraguan beef industry leader and cattle vet said during a Queensland visit this week…Read More

Jon Condon, March 19, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Selection for resistance to buffalo fly

The economic impact from buffalo fly has been reported to cost the northern beef industry around $99 million each year – but parasite resistance is a measurable genetic trait. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, March 19, 2019

Angus sire benchmarking program notches up its first decade

From humble beginnings utilising 906 calves from 35 Angus sires bred in 2010 to the latest cohort measuring performance of 8500 calves from 299 sires, the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program has come a long way in its ten-year history…Read More

Beef Central, March 15, 2019

Weekly genetics review: What are the traits of a profitable cow?

The challenge for many commercial cattle breeders is to consider female selection as a multi-level process, suggests genetics editor Alastair Rayner.
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Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, March 12, 2019

Making the best use of NLIS tags, including genetic selection + VIDEO

A new video has been launched describing ways that producers can use the National Livestock Identification System to improve data collection and decision making for their herds…Read More

Beef Central, March 12, 2019

Angus Selection Indexes set for review

The four selection indexes that are calculated within the Angus Breedplan genetic evaluation are set for review. Part of the process includes an online survey to allow Angus producers to have input into what key selection traits will shape the future of their breed…Read More

Beef Central, March 8, 2019

Genetics update: Clearances down but averages solid in early Autumn sales

Clearance rates in early autumn bull sales this year may be down, but average prices remain solid, genetics editor Alastair Rayner reports in this week’s genetics review. “Declining cow numbers and lack of water due to drought are the big limitations impacting on purchases, however demand for proven high accuracy EBV bulls remains high,” he says ..Read More

Guest Author, March 5, 2019

Regional forums to focus on Breedplan, DNA technologies

A series of 14 industry forums being held across Australia in coming months will help seedstock and commercial cattle producers focus on Breedplan fundamentals and getting the most out of genetic technologies. The two-day forums are being coordinated through SBTS and its equivalent northern organisation, TBTS. ..Read More

Beef Central, March 4, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Considerations using raw data for selection

Reliance on raw data can often cause producers to make inaccurate selection decisions and effectively select cattle on non-genetic differences rather than actual genetic merit, suggests genetics editor Alastair Rayner.
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Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 26, 2019

Opinion: Shorthorn Beef needs to ‘get off the fence’ over genetic evaluation

A private Shorthorn breeder has urged his breed society, Shorthorn Beef, to ‘get off the fence’ and make a decision about whether to move to IGS Genetic Evaluation…Read More

Beef Central, February 26, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Quantifying the impact of hybrid vigour

A large-scale five-year breeding program to quantify the impact that crossbreeding offers commercial producers is drawing to a close this year, providing insights into a range of traits like calving ease, calf weight and survival, female reproductive traits and carcase data. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 19, 2019

Repronomics fertility project update at CQ BeefUp forum

An update on the northern beef industry’s critically important Repronomics fertility project will be one of the feature topics at a BeefUp forum being staged at Mundubbera in Central Queensland next month…Read More

Beef Central, February 19, 2019

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