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.

Click here to access beef breed record bull and female prices

Culcairn field day will focus on unlocking the power of genomics

Unlocking the power within a beef herd through the use of genomic technologies will be the over-arching theme of a genetics field day being held near Culcairn NSW on 21 May. Guest speaker will be Dr Kent Andersen, director of genetics technical services with Zoetis in the US, who will discuss where the development of genomic testing in beef cattle is up to globally, and the benefits and learnings from how genomics has been applied in US beef breeds. ..Read More

Beef Central, May 15, 2019

Records smashed as buyers re-define the value of elite females in Wagyu genetics sale

Records fell like ten-pins during the 2019 Elite Wagyu National Sale held during the closing stages of the breed’s annual conference in Adelaide on Friday afternoon. Fullblood females peaked at a new national all-breeds female record price of $280,000, and went past $100,000 three times during the sale, while embryos sold to a new national record of $10,200/each…Read More

Jon Condon, May 13, 2019

Bulls sell to $40,000 in solid Hereford National sale

The annual Herefords Australia National Sale hit a top price of $40,000 and averaged $7079 on Thursday, producing an 81pc clearance despite the very dry conditions …Read More

Beef Central, May 13, 2019

Poll Wagyu breeding program making rapid progress

Driven by artificial breeding programs and carcase performance data collection on a massive scale, an ambitious Poll Wagyu breeding program involving an alliance of seedstock producers across three states is making rapid progress…Read More

Jon Condon, May 2, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Trends from a tough autumn bull sale season

With the bulk of Eastern Australia’s autumn bull selling season now drawing to a close, there are many bull breeders closely examining the results and trends to emerge, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 30, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Setting targets for your first-calf heifers

For producers considering how to manage their first-calf heifers this year, they can use these results to set both a weight and fat parameter to aim for. Longer term selection for lower Days-to-calving EBVs and for slightly more positive fatness will have a marked effect on their herds to assist with their practical on-farm strategies to improve re-conception rates in first-calf heifers. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 23, 2019

Vale Arthur Rickards

Arthur Rickards, who made an enormous contribution to genetic progress and agribusiness in the Australia beef cattle industry over close to half a century, has passed away aged 77, following a long battle with illness…Read More

Jon Condon, April 23, 2019

Weekly genetics review: DeSireBull – A refinement for searching sires

The increasing complexity of information available in the search for sires is often a topic of concern among bull buyers.Although producers value the data that is on offer, there is little doubt that many people find the process of searching through numbers overwhelming.This concern has led the NSW DPI to develop a simple platform to collate and share data in a more visual and digestible manner. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 18, 2019

New test delivers lower cost option for females using genomic technology

A new genomic product for Angus seedstock cattle has been launched under a collaboration between Angus Australia and Neogen Australasia. Known as Angus uLD, the new product is an ultra-low density, low cost genomic product that has been developed specifically for genomically testing Australian Angus seedstock females…Read More

Beef Central, April 18, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Accuracy matters in breeding decisions

Although genetic data such as BreedPlan Estimated Breeding Values has been around for some time, there are still some common misconceptions held by producers that can influence their selection decisions. One of the more common misconceptions relates to the accuracy of an EBV, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 9, 2019

Weekly genetics review: How are emerging breeds moving to meet producer expectations?

The drive to increase market share, and maintaining a point of difference are two common messages to emerge when talking with bull breeders outside of the major breeds, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 2, 2019

Online decision support tool helps bull selection

An online matchmaking tool to help commercial cattle producers source the right bull for their breeders is being developed. Designed to work on desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices, the decision support tool will allow producers to compare and benchmark online catalogued bulls available for sale, based on their genetic merit and how they fit the specific needs of individual enterprises…Read More

Beef Central, April 2, 2019

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