Angus NZ

Birth and fertility reliably predicted by EBVs

How well EBVs describe the performance of progeny was part of a recent project examining bulls and their progeny involved in the Angus Sire Benchmarking programs cohorts 5,6 and 7. The project, which built on existing work examining earlier cohorts, found that EBVs provide an accurate prediction of the breeding value of sires. For birth … Read more Birth and fertility reliably predicted by EBVs

Collecting Mature Cow Body Condition Scores

Mature cow body condition assesses the body condition of mature females, and are measured as visual scores. Recording mature cow body condition score data Mature cow body condition scores are collected using a 0-5 scoring scale based on the visual appearance of the animal. Half scores (i.e. 1.5,2.5,3.5,4.5) can be used to identify animals who … Read more Collecting Mature Cow Body Condition Scores

Common Performance Recording Problems

The term “rubbish in – rubbish out” is often used when discussing the requirements of performance recording with the TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation (TACE). In other words, the reliability of the Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) that are produced for the animals in a seedstock herd is a direct reflection of the reliability (or quality) of … Read more Common Performance Recording Problems

Neogen, PBB & Angus NZ launch Improved Angus GS Genotyping Platform

PBB, Angus NZ and Neogen Australasia are pleased to announce that additional content has been added to the Angus GS genotyping platform. Angus GS is a genotyping platform designed specifically for Angus seedstock cattle that assesses the genetic makeup of an animal at thousands of locations across the animal’s genome (known as SNPs or single nucleotide … Read more Neogen, PBB & Angus NZ launch Improved Angus GS Genotyping Platform

Selecting a bull – Physical tributes

Herd fertility has a major impact on returns in a commercial beef herd. In economic terms, a 1% increase in herd fertility is equivalent to approximately a 10% rise in growth rate. Fertility within a herd is influenced by four major factors: • Reproductive soundness of bulls • Structural soundness • Management • Genetics

Do EBVs work?

Trials are occasionally carried out to validate Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), to prove that what they are predicting is actually happening on commercial farms. This involves matching the expected performance on farm (the EBV) to the actual performance for a given trait. An outcome of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics Beef Progeny Test … Read more Do EBVs work?