Beef breed record prices

Australian stud beef cattle breed record prices at a glance

The past three years has produced a number of new breed record prices for bulls and registered females sold at auction across Australia, prompting Beef Central to prepare this comprehensive list of breed records as a handy reader reference tool…Read More

Beef Central, December 10, 2018

CSIRO auctions historic bull semen for charity

Advances in science mean an historic collection of bull semen held by CSIRO is no longer required by the national science agency, and will be auctioned this week to raise money for the charity. An on-line auction will include about 150 semen lots totalling about 5000 straws from a variety of breeds, representing AI donor bulls gathered in the 1980s and 90s…Read More

Beef Central, November 25, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Reflecting on the challenges of the 2019 bull selling season

As the 2019 bull selling season draws to a close, there are some key trends that have emerged from what has been a challenging year for all producers across the country. Despite the continued reduction in cow numbers, this year’s spring bull selling season was not as tough as many producers first feared. Strong sales with high clearances occurred across most breeds in NSW and Victoria, while in the north demand for bulls remained as strong as previous years, with total clearances at major sales…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, November 7, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Are our mature cows becoming too big?

Throughout this year’s drought, one emerging trend has been the topic of mature cow size. There are a number of causes for this trend to develop. Firstly the on-going impact of poor to desperate seasons across Australia has focussed many producers on the nutritional challenges in maintaining larger cows. At the same time, the increased selection of bulls for growth and carcase weight has seen industry question the size of cattle being produced, reports genetics editor Alastair Rayner…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 29, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Production systems the focus in new breed indexes

The new Hereford breeding Indexes due for release this month are a big departure on previous indexes, with a focus on production environment and breeding program as the primary drivers and not just finishing system. This is probably the first of the new direction for breeding indexes and reflects an effort to provide producers with greater opportunities to choose bulls that actually help produce cattle for their country, reports genetics editor Alastair Rayner…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 22, 2019

Genetics: IVF calves attract big premiums at spring bull sales

Results from prominent recent Queensland bull sales have further highlighted the impact that In-Vitro Fertilisation artificial breeding techniques are having on sale bull values, by greatly expanding access to elite maternal genetics…Read More

Jon Condon, October 22, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Defining the ‘core breeder’ in times of drought

As producers continue to reshape their drought strategies, the term ‘core breeder group’ is a common one. Many producers refer to their core breeders, however the definition of these animals is much harder to establish, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner, in this weeks genetics review…Read More

Guest Author, October 17, 2019

Bull selection decisions in the south linked to profit drivers

Be clear on what drives profit in your business and match your bull selection to those profit drivers. That’s the message from MLA genetics program manager Hamish Chandler, who says this should underpin how every producer uses genetic selection tools such as EBVs and indexes.
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Beef Central, July 27, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Relationships that underpin selection

Changing a beef herd, or moving it towards a specific goal is not a quick process. The rate of genetic gain within a herd can be determined by well-proven equations, genetics editor Alastair Rayner reports this week. How quickly new genetics enter a herd and how much selection pressure is placed on existing breeders is the one of the greatest variables when discussing genetic improvement, he says. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 9, 2019

Australia to play host to 2021 World Angus forum

With the World Angus Forum now just under two years away, planning and organising is well underway for the two-week event being held across eastern Australia from late April to early May 2021. ..Read More

Beef Central, October 8, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Udder shape and selection decisions

Recent US research suggests the importance of udder shape may be over-stated, resulting in unnecessary culling of otherwise productive females. In the Australian breeding context, the results of the study are probably worth considering, genetics editor Alastair Rayner suggests…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 1, 2019

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