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

Angus bull sets new breed record at $160,000

A new Australian breed record price of $160,000 was set at Millah Murrah’s annual Angus bull sale near Bathurst in central western NSW yesterday…Read More

Beef Central, September 6, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Sire selection – a few overlooked basics

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 More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, September 3, 2019

Vetoquinol backs Angus Sire Benchmarking Program

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 More

Beef Central, September 3, 2019

Tissue sampling units deliver faster and more accurate genetic selection

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 More

Beef Central, September 2, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Setting realistic targets for genetic improvement

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 More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 27, 2019

AI son produced from 45-year-old bull’s semen to sell at Rocky Droughtmaster sale

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 More

Jon Condon, August 27, 2019

Weekly genetics review: The practicalities of introducing and managing new bulls

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 More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 20, 2019

Tools available to help producers pick a high-performance sire + Videos

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 More

Beef Central, July 6, 2019

Weekly genetics review: For some, spring bull sale results better than expected

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 More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 13, 2019

Australian Charolais evolve into ‘unique’ sub-type, carcase competition wins show

Few beef industry stakeholders today would recognise modern-day Charolais cattle from the parent breed that first came out to Australia in the 1960s, Palgroves David Bondfield said on Wednesday, while collecting a swag of major trophies from Brisbane Show s 100-day grainfed carcase competitions..Read More

Jon Condon, August 9, 2019

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