Vetoquinol backs Angus Sire Benchmarking Program

Beef Central, 03/09/2019

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.

Following a four -year working partnership that has seen Vetoquinol support the ASBP for Cohorts 6- 9, the extension of the partnership will continue the crucial role that Vetoquinol has in providing products and expertise for the associated fixed-time AI programs.

The extension will see Vetoquinol support the joining program for Cohort 10 of the ASBP undertaken in the spring of 2019.

The major objectives of the ASBP include generating progeny test data on modern Angus bulls, particularly for hard-to-measure traits such as feed efficiency, abattoir carcase measurement, meat quality attributes and female reproduction, generating data for the validation and refinement of Angus BreedPlan and building a comprehensive phenotype and genotype reference population on modern Australian Angus cattle.

Vetoquinol is a family-owned business originated from France and is the ninth largest veterinary pharmaceutical company in the world. Livestock reproduction is a strategic domain.

Vetoquinol’s food production animals business unit manager for Australia & New Zealand, Dr Sophia Edwards, said the ASBP continued to be an important foundation for beef cattle breeding in Australia.

Peter Duff with Angus Australia Project Officer – ASBP Nick Butcher

Angus Australia has shown leadership in genetic improvement,” Dr Edwards said. “Assisted reproduction technologies such as embryo transfer, IVF and fixed-time artificial insemination continue to provide the most practical and cost-effective means of dissemination of super genetics in cattle herds.”

Vetoquinol through the Repro 360 project delivers solutions to cattle breeders through a complement of reproduction products such as Cue-Mate and technical advice and support to ensure best possible results from their assisted reproduction programs.

Angus Australia strategic projects manager, Christian Duff highlighted the importance that ongoing partnership between Vetoquinol and Angus Australia.

“The ongoing support from Vetoquinol is greatly valued by Angus Australia for the continuation of the ASBP program. Working with Vetoquinol ensures that we have success year after year in the fixed AI program, which is pivotal to the ASBP program, through the supply of products such as Cue-Mate devices, but more importantly the support and advice they can provide through their knowledgeable staff.”


Source: Angus Australia


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