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

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

Weekly genetics review: EBVs don’t just happen

While the the spectacular prices and clearance rates for bull sales across the country are capturing much of the attention across the seedstock industry, there are also some interesting and important discussions emerging as producers and breeders move to dig deeper into issues like the uptake and application of Estimated Breeding Values within various breeds…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 05/10/2021

Genetic selection means environment ‘no longer dictates performance’

Instead of allowing the environment to dictate their herd’s performance, North Queensland beef producers Russell and Donna Lethbridge have used genetic selection to help them build a more fertile, resilient herd, showing that enormous production and profit improvements can be made in even the toughest of locations. ..Read More

Beef Central, 05/10/2021

Weekly genetics review: Keeping calves alive

As much as the focus of breeders is placed on selection and management of joining cattle, calving is equally demanding of attention. Selection for genetic traits to improve calving will contribute to overall herd improvement, and calf survival is greatly determined by the management strategies producers employ in the breeding herd, genetics editor Al Rayner writes…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 28/09/2021

Joining preparation – Don’t overlook diseases

Cattle producers who are less than satisfied with their conception rates often place much of the blame on the bull team’s activity during joining. However conception rates cannot be solely..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 28/09/2021

Booming bull market delivers a string of new breed price records

The vintage 2021 spring bull selling season is powering a string of new breed record prices for bulls in recent weeks – in some cases knocking-off benchmarks that have stood for a decade or more. At last count, five beef breeds have established new record highs for bulls since the start of August…Read More

Jon Condon, 22/09/2021

Weekly genetics review: Getting your bulls safely through joining

In breeding cattle, joining is a make-or-break period, in more ways than one. In areas where controlled matings are used, production levels for the following season are determined by events that occur during a 6-12 week window. Here are some tips for joining, such as how to manage dominance, and the need for regular inspections…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 21/09/2021

How much milk is enough in a beef herd?

Producers often place emphasis on milk as a BreedPlan trait when considering a new beef sire. The ability to provide sufficient milk to support calf growth should be part of a producer’s check list, however, while milk is important, it needs to be placed in context to other traits. In particular it is important to consider the impact milk and calf growth has on overall enterprise profitability, genetics editor Al Rayner suggests ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 21/09/2021

Wagyu pioneer adds new grassfed breed to Australia

Victorian Wagyu pioneer David Blackmore has added a new breed of cattle to Australia, processing his first carcase from the Spanish Rubia Gallega breed earlier this year…Read More

Eric Barker, 16/09/2021

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