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

Selection pressure for temperament drives big shift in Limousins

Limousin cattle have made big inroads into temperament, since EBVs for docility were introduced in 2000, Breedplan data suggests…Read More

Beef Central, November 25, 2020

Response from outgoing AWA president & chair Mike Buchanan

Following Beef Central’s coverage of the recent Australian Wagyu Association board elections, immediate past president Mike Buchanan requested right of reply. Here is his response to some of the claims raised by the Concerned Members Group..Read More

Mike Buchanan*, November 17, 2020

Board spill ends turbulent period for Australian Wagyu Association

A period of conflict between some directors and members within the Australian Wagyu Association ended with a dramatic board spill during last week’s AWA annual general meeting…Read More

Jon Condon, November 9, 2020

Genetics: Balance essential, but in north fertility is key

A comprehensive study, drawing on the best available information on northern herd performance, business performance and genetics, has been undertaken to demonstrate the impact of genetic improvement of cow fertility on the bottom line of northern beef businesses…Read More

Beef Central, November 6, 2020

Weekly genetics review: 2020 proved to be a year to remember

The 2020 bull selling year now in its final stages has been a year like no other, genetics editor Alastair Rayner says. Here are his take-homes from what has proven to be an eventful and unexpected 12 months for bull breeders and bull buyers, in so many ways ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, November 3, 2020

AuctionsPlus sees big uptake in COVID-impacted 2020 bull-selling season

2020 and the COVID-19 event has seen very different circumstances at play, forcing studs to adapt to new rules and restrictions in order to have their on-property sales. This meant that online selling was adopted by many to combat restrictions, so that all buyers could have the opportunity to purchase regardless of their location. The result has been the busiest spring selling season AuctionsPlus has had in history…Read More

Michael McManus, AuctionsPlus Market Insights, November 3, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Are breeders setting the right starting price for sale bulls?

Any discussion about price, particularly when it comes to bulls, is always a certain way to ignite a conversation among cattle people. Genetics editor Alastair Rayner examines whether it might be time to re-evaluate the ‘starting price’ of bulls sold in auctions across the country. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 27, 2020

Unprecedented collaboration in beef cattle genetic improvement

In one of his recent columns, genetics editor Al Rayner wrote about the broadening options open to bull breeders in performance recording, with some Australian breeds in recent times moving from BreedPlan to the International Genetics Solutions (IGS) program. In this article, IGS director of science and education, Dr Jackie Atkins, offers her perspective about the merits of the IGS system and where it is heading..Read More

Beef Central, October 27, 2020

Weekly genetics review: 2020 trends in accessing proven maternal females

While all the headline-grabbing attention has focused on bull sales this year, there have also been some outstanding registered female sales results. Genetics editor Alastair Rainer talks to some successful stud masters about what drove their 2020 female sale success, and what was motivating buyers…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 20, 2020

An evolutionary jolt helped cattle to spread across Africa. Now genetics must make them more productive

Studying the history hidden in indigenous African cattle genomes may help guide efforts to breed for productivity without losing the breeds’ native resilience and sustainability, writes ILRI’s Olivier Hanotte…Read More

Olivier Hanotte, International Livestock Research Institute, October 20, 2020

Weekly genetics review: What are the key differences in genetic information available in 2020?

This week’s genetics review offers some thoughts on the two sources of genetic information in play in the industry this year. For many BreedPlan data remains the key source of information and with genomic information now included, accuracy is increasing for breeds such as Angus, Hereford, Brahman and Wagyu. BreedPlan is well recognised and used, however the move by Shorthorn beef and others to IGS has made some people wonder what the difference is…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 13, 2020

Genetics: Why assessment for % normal sperm in bull semen is so important in fertility performance

Drs Mike McGowan and Peter McAuliffe explain why assessment for % normal sperm in bull semen is so important. In natural mating studies conducted in the US and Australia, % normal sperm in the semen of beef bulls has been consistently shown to be positively associated with either pregnancy rate or calf output…Read More

Michael McGowan* and Peter McAuliffe**, October 13, 2020

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