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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Registered females sell to $105,000 in Elite Wagyu sale

Registered females sold to $105,000 and bulls to $47,500 in the 2020 Elite Wagyu Sale held online last week, which attracted buyers from across Australia, plus the US, Switzerland and the UK…Read More

Beef Central, May 5, 2020

Weekly genetics review: What have we learnt from 2020’s autumn bull sales?

No one would have predicted on the back of drought, fire and now Covid that averages in many autumn bull sales this year would be up on last year’s results, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner in this week’s column. The transition to on-line interface has opened up more competition and interest, which means more than ever, producers must have a relationship with the breeder and vice versa, he says…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 28, 2020

Zoetis invests in Angus genomic reference populations

Zoetis Animal Genetics and Angus Australia have entered into a partnership that will assist Australian Angus seedstock and commercial breeders extract additional benefit from genomic, or DNA-based technology…Read More

Beef Central, April 28, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Key questions to ask your bull breeder before making 2020 spring purchases

As an advisor, I am often asked by clients to help find breeders who may have bulls that could suit their program. A common theme in these conversations focusses around the questions commercial producers should ask their bull breeders. Ahead of this year’s spring bull sales, it may be an opportunity for producers to reflect on what they know about their bull breeder, and to perhaps ask some questions to underpin their breeding choices…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 21, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Selling bulls amid COVID-19

As the autumn bull sales wind to a close, the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings have possibly not been as significant as some may have first feared. However, with the spring bull selling season now fast approaching, many bull breeders and commercial cattlemen are wondering what changes will be required in order to promote the animals and hold sales, either on-farm or online…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 14, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Net feed efficiency within a breeding herd

Is improving Net Feed Intake across the broader industry as straightforward as using new genomic technologies? This week noted industry researchers Drs David Johnston and Brad Walmsley of the Animal Genetics Breeding Unit offer some insights into the challenges associated with understanding and identifying superior animals for NFI…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 7, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Is the industry making progress in net feed efficiency

Improving feed efficiency within the beef industry has long been a topic of great interest to breeders as well as those involved in finishing cattle on either grass or grain. This week’s review starts a series of reports looking into NFI from a range of perspectives – breeders, lotfeeders and researchers included.  ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 1, 2020

World record for semen set during Mayura Wagyu sale

Prominent South Australian Wagyu breeder, Mayura Station’s inaugural high performance production sale on Thursday created a world record for a beef semen package, and saw bulls average $46,444…Read More

Beef Central, April 1, 2020

Does genetic progress have to slow during herd rebuilding phase?

With the current lack of stock across the country, many herd managers will not have the luxury of culling that they normally would. This raises the question of how genetic progress is affected by, and should be managed in, different seasonal conditions…Read More

Michael Wellington and Karissa de Belle, Bush AgriBusiness, March 31, 2020

Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

Bull breeders across Australia have been quick to respond to latest government restrictions over gatherings of people, swinging quickly to online auctions in place of face-to-face bull sales this year…Read More

Beef Central, March 25, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Considerations for bulls heading north

While many of the bulls sold over the autumn period head to southern production regions, a considerable portion are purchased with the intention of using them in herds based in the northern production zones. To ensure the successful adaption of bulls into a northern based program, there are some practical options that both seedstock producers and commercial producers should consider prior to transport..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, March 24, 2020

Camera grading sharpens Wagyu genetic selection

Objective carcase measurements in the Australian meat industry are helping provide Wagyu beef supply chains and BreedPlan genetic evaluation with more precise data than is currently available through manual assessment…Read More

Beef Central, March 24, 2020

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