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.
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 MoreGenetics editor Alastair Rayner, September 10, 2019
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 MoreAlastair Rayner, September 9, 2019
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 MoreGenetics editor Alastair Rayner, September 3, 2019
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 MoreBeef Central, September 3, 2019
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 MoreBeef Central, September 2, 2019
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 MoreGenetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 27, 2019
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 MoreJon Condon, August 27, 2019
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 MoreGenetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 20, 2019
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 MoreBeef Central, July 6, 2019
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 MoreGenetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 13, 2019