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

Weekly genetics review: Pregnant within four months of calving – can your northern cows do it?

WITH much of the attention in beef breeding fixed on the current round of bull sales and the records that seem reset every week, its often easy to stop thinking about the cow herd those bulls will soon join.  The ability of bulls to make an impact on a herd often tends to be the major focus for many producers.  However, getting a cow herd to perform will add significantly to productivity and ultimate profitability in breeding herds…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 04/10/2022

Weekly genetics review: Don’t just rely on correlations for your EBVs

It’s possible that many breeders choose to submit data to Breedplan without really understanding the data that they should be recording and submitting. Equally there can be some casualness about the recording program, which doesn’t help develop data that is as useful as it could be, genetics editor Al Rayner writes this week…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 27/09/2022

Setting a break-even for bull prices

The net profit being made for bulls many not always be as high as what some people assume. Ahead of any decision to start breeding bulls for private use or sale, considering a break-even cost of production should be a first step…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 27/09/2022

$15m project assessing the genetic traits of cattle methane

The Australian beef industry has launched a $15 million research project, examining the genetic traits of methane emissions in beef cattle…Read More

Beef Central, 27/09/2022

Weekly genetics review: Watch your feet – assessing bulls ahead of a sale

Spending time assessing the feet and leg structure of bulls ahead of sale can be one of the most effective long-term investments into a herd’s future. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 20/09/2022

Genetics: Who is doing all the work in your bull team?

Determining how many bulls are needed to achieve target conception rates is often the result of anecdotal advice or local practice. In research conducted earlier by Dr Fordyce in the Bull Power Project, he identifies some common myths vs facts surrounding bull numbers, particularly in northern herds…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 20/09/2022

Fertility research: Sperm perform like they are in a bike racing ‘peloton’

New research into the way sperm gather into groups when swimming through the female reproductive tract suggest it may not be a random act. Think bicycle riders gathering in a ‘peloton’ formation to avoid wind resistance…Read More

Beef Central, 20/09/2022

New $265,000 Charolais bull record more than doubles previous mark

A Queensland Charolais bull sold for $265,000 this morning, setting a new breed record and more than doubling the previous benchmark set only a week earlier…Read More

Beef Central, 19/09/2022

Global genomics company opens new $11m state-of-the-art QLD facility

THE rapid momentum being seen in the animal genetics field through the application of genomics has underpinned the launch of a gleaming new $11 million state-of-the-art DNA sampling and analysis facility near Brisbane on Friday…Read More

Jon Condon, 19/09/2022

Breed records fall like ten-pins for Droughtmasters, Santas, Charolais, Ultrablacks

In an unparalleled sequence during the 2022 spring bull selling season, there’s been an avalanche of new beef breed record prices set over the past week. No less than four popular terminal and straightbred breeds have set new benchmarks over the past seven days – some pushing the new mark as much as $40,000 above their previous records…Read More

Jon Condon, 14/09/2022

Weekly genetics review: Can herd improvement occur without selecting a top-performing sire?

With bull sale prices reaching new record levels, it isn’t a surprise to hear some cattle producers question their ability to afford a bull that is ranked as a breed or trait leader. In many cases even affording a sire that is ranked in the top 30pc of the breed has proved to be a stretch for some. But while the average sire may offer more modest levels of improvement, it is still a genetic lift on previous generations…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 13/09/2022

Can genomics provide a ‘shortcut’ for smaller breeds?

While genomics is an area where seedstock interest and adoption are growing, there are limitations. These are important to note, particularly for breeds that are currently not using or have low levels of performance recording and are considering these products as a method to explore in lieu of traditional genetic information such as EBVs…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 13/09/2022

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