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ANGUS YEARLING SALES

The next phase of registered Angus bull sales is about to commence with the first of the spring sales at Te Atarangi Angus on the 2nd of September.  
Sales of registered yearling Angus bulls have steadily grown with demand at a level where 25 Angus studs now host an on farm auction in the spring, to compliment their traditional winter sales.

Beef and dairy herd owners have realised the benefits in getting younger bulls onto their properties and acclimatising them earlier, taking advantage of the latest generation of Angus genetics available sooner. Buyers are increasingly finding that registered yearling Angus bulls also represent excellent value for money.

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WAIROA CATTLE SALE - AUGUST 13TH 2015
Hot prices emerged from a rough winter at the Angus-dominated Wairoa Cattle Sale on Thursday August 13th 2015. The historic yards were a sea of black as around 150 punters took to the boards to view the most significant sale of Angus cattle in the country. Strong numbers of predominantly Bayly-owned steers made up the bulk of the pens, with many stock coming down from snowy hill country to meet the keen demand from buyers.
Rough seasonal conditions translated to less than perfect conditioning in the rising two-year and three-year olds, but low supply of the sought after, high quality animals made for a buoyant market despite this.
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BEEF COULD BE THE NEW CASH COW!

Dairy farmers are being urged to look at breeding the balance of dairy herds (after replacements) to proven beef genetics.

This has the potential to treble calving income for dairy farmers and comes with the reassurances farmers need for animal health and production, says general manager of Angus NZ, Alan Cook.

He was responding to the Beef+Lamb Dairy Beef Integration Programme raising the potential for dairy farmers to significantly increase their income from calves by mating the balance of the herd to proven beef genetics.

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B+L NZ ~ MILK PRODUCTION BIGGER DRIVER THAN FRAME SIZE.

A Beef + Lamb New Zealand funded project into breeding cow efficiency is highlighting the importance of milk production in determining calf weaning weight.

An ongoing Beef + Lamb New Zealand-funded research project studying efficiency across various types of breeding cows shows milk production is a bigger driver than frame size, when it comes to bottomline production measures.

The long-term study – which is led by Massey University's Professor Steve Morris and Dr Rebecca Hickson – looks at a range of factors that impact on cow efficiency. For instance, measuring the kilograms of calves weaned each season per kilogram of cow liveweight or per kilogram of feed intake by the cow. It also considers the number of calves reared during a cow's lifetime, milking ability and onset of puberty, and cow wastage.

Four groups of cows are being compared – representing large and small beef cows and high and low milk production. In total, 200 cows are involved, made up of Angus, Angus-Friesian, Angus-Jersey and Angus-crossbred dairy cows.

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HISTORY MADE AT RANGATIRA ANGUS STUD BULL SALE!

History was made this morning at Charles and Susan Dowding's, Rangatira Angus Stud bull sale in Muriwai, Gisborne.  Rangatira 13-38 (Lot 18), the Angus bull born 14/08/2013 and sired by Mt Mable Thor 660, has sold for a whopping $100,000!

This is a first in New Zealand, as no bull of any breed has ever sold for such a price at an on-farm sale. The sale auctioneer was Bruce Orr, Genetics Manager at PGG Wrighston Ltd.

Five bulls reached auction prices of over $37,000 and all 61 of the bulls offered were sold, reaching an average price of $10,969.

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A CUT ABOVE COOKING WITH ANGUSPURE - JUDGED BEST IN THE WORLD

New Zealand book writers/publishers, Gerhard & Henri Egger have received the Best Meat Cookbook in the World Award, at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
 
They accepted the award in Yantai, China on Tuesday night for their lasted book A Cut Above cooking with AngusPure.

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ZOETIS - HD 50K

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A new genomic test from Zoetis enables producers to more affordably and accurately predict genetic merit of registered Angus animals.

The new test, named i50K™, leverages historic adoption of HD 50K and the latest advances in cutting-edge genotyping and imputation (i) technology. The i50K test delivers effectively the same improvements in the accuracy of GE-EPDs as that inform a variety of selection, mating and marketing decisions as HD 50K.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE ONLINE

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2015 BREEDER SALE RESULTS ONLINE NOW

Click on this link to see the sale results, which are updates weekly.

http://www.angusnz.com/page.php?page=Breeder+Sale+Results

Or visit the Angus New Zealand Facebook page for daily updates


BEEF EXPO A BLACK OUT!!

Te Pari Beef Expo 2015 has been a fantastic time for Angus! As a breed, we have done extremely well in the show ring, in the sale ring and on the plates, with Forbes & Angus Cameron from Ashhurst (Angus) taking away the Grand Champion prize at the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin Awards on Monday night.
Te Mania Jonah 13588, an Angus bull bred by the Wilding family of Parnassus, took out the breed's Supreme Champion award and then went on to be judged as Champion of Champions on Tuesday. This outstanding animal, which has been grazing at the Angus Bull Unit in Feilding since late 2014, then went on to fetch a sale price of $35,000 in the auction ring.
We had a number of other bulls fetching five-figure price tags, an encouraging outcome for all registered Angus breeders.
A more detailed account of the results is outlined below.

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NZ’S TOP STEAK – ANGUS FARMERS TAKE THE TITLE

The winners of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition, have been announced. 

Forbes and Angus Cameron have made history – they are the first entrants to take out both this competition and the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards (Glammies), in 2008.

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*STEAK OF ORIGIN 2015 - SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED*

The 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition charges ahead with today’s announcement of the successful semi-finalists.  

The competition, sponsored by Zoetis, seeks to find the nation’s most tender and tasty sirloin steak – and the Grand Champion title is hotly contested by farmers.  

Carne Technologies has now completed scientific testing of all entries for tenderness and colour. The top 20 per cent now go through to the semi-final at Auckland University of Technology on Friday 1 May, where they will be tasted by a panel of chefs and foodwriters. 

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NEW ZEALAND ANGUS SELECTION INDEXES

 

There are currently two different selection indexes calculated for New Zealand Angus animals. These are the Self Replacing Index and the AngusPure Index. Each selection index describes a different production/market scenario and relates to a typical commercial herd in New Zealand that is targeting the following specifications. 

 

Self Replacing Index - Estimates the genetic differences between animals in net profitability per cow joined for a self replacing commercial herd, targeting the production of grass finished steers. Steers are assumed marketed at 525 kg live weight (280 kg carcase weight and 10 mm fat depth) at 16 months of age. 

AngusPure Index - Estimates the genetic differences between animals in net profitability per cow joined for a self replacing commercial Angus herd, targeting the production of grass finished steers for the AngusPure programme. Steers are assumed marketed at 525 kg live weight (280 kg carcase weight and 10 mm fat depth) at 18 months of age with a significant premium paid for marbling.

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HD50K FOR ANGUS RECALIBRATION

The HD50K for Angus product (HD50K) that is commercially available from Zoetis has been recalibrated with an improved product set to be launched in early March 2015. This fact sheet provides technical details regarding the new HD50K product and the associated modifications that will be made to the incorporation of HD50K genomic predictions into Angus BREEDPLAN.

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SOUTH ISLAND BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
 
South Island Board Election for 2015 has now closed and the ballot papers have been counted by independent personnel.  The two South Island representatives of the Angus New Zealand Board are Clarence Timperley and John Cochrane.
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NEW GENERAL MANAGER APPOINTED AT ANGUS NEW ZEALAND

Angus New Zealand President Joe Fouhy is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Cook as the new General Manager. "Alan is coming to us after a stellar career in the rural banking sector and has a thorough knowledge of cattle and Breedplan, through his own personal farming experience. He was also a recipient of the prestigious Kellogg Rural Leadership Award in 2014", says Joe.

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A CUT ABOVE - COOKING WITH ANGUSPURE

Review of A Cut Above, the new hard-covered recipe book by Gerhard Egger, a book solely dedicated to cooking with AngusPure.  The book is a photographic and written journey, introducing you to not only great beef recipes, but also to the beef breeders who have dedicated their lives to the product you’re cooking with.

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BLG PROGENY TEST PROGRAMME

BLG would like to invite Angus breeders to nominate Angus bulls for use in a progeny test programme.  To participate, each breeder would need to supply up to 55 straws of semen per bull.  The semen will be put into several different commercial herds throughout New Zealand, and the progeny will be recorded for a wide variety of traits.

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ANGUS NZ REDUCES NUMBER OF DIRECTORS

The results of the recent Postal Vote on the proposed change to the Constitution of Angus New Zealand have shown that, as in accordance with clause 18.1, a majority of no less than two-thirds voted in favour of change. 

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