Angus Sire Benchmarking Program
The Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP) is a major initiative of Angus Australia with support from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and industry partners such as Vetoquinol, Rangers Valley Feedlot and John Dee Abattoir.
The objectives of the ASBP are:
1. Generate progeny test data on modern Angus bulls, particularly for hard to measure traits such as feed efficiency, abattoir carcase measurement, meat quality attributes & female reproduction.
2. Generate data for the validation & refinement of TransTasman Cattle Evaluation (TACE).
3. Build a comprehensive phenotype and genotype database on Australian Angus for genomic technology validation, research and development.
To meet the project objectives Angus Australia aims to join an average of 40 sires a year to approximately 2,000 Angus cows to achieve a minimum of 25 progeny (50:50 steers and heifers) per sire using the fixed time AI program supported by Vetoquinol and using the Cue-Mate devices. The Angus cows are located across several commercial focussed co-operator herds spanning Northern to Southern New South Wales and Victoria.
The Angus sires that enter the ASBP are nominated by Angus Australia members. A list of all bulls that have entered the ASBP can be viewed in the catalogues listing page on the Angus Australia website. Their progeny are comprehensively performance recorded for calving ease, growth, temperament, heifer reproduction, structure, feed efficiency, abattoir carcase and beef quality attributes.
For further information please contact Christian Duff, Strategic Projects Manager, on +61 457 457 141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The benefits of bulls entering the ASBP:
- Involvement in Australia’s largest beef cattle progeny test program including large contemporary groups.
- Receive high accuracy EBVs, particularly for hard to measure traits such as net feed intake, abattoir carcase data and female reproduction.
- Receive progeny average values and sire ranking from within the ASBP, including traits such as MSA Index and MSA Marble Score.
- High density DNA profiles will be stored for current use (e.g. sire verifications, genomic predictions) and future research.
- Closer genetic linkage to the ASBP ensures research outcomes, particularly in the genomics area, will have more relevance to your herd.
Each year approximately 40 bulls are selected with the aim to join each bull to at least 50 Angus cows by fixed time AI. The bull selection criteria will be based on genetic diversity, breeding values/indexes and their relationship to sires already used in previous Cohorts of the ASBP. Preference will also be given to early nominations.
- Step 1 – Nominate bull(s) via the online form by early August.
- Step 2 – Breeders of successful nominations will be contacted (by mid-August), provided with a Bull Owners agreement for signing, Veterinary and Health Declaration form and semen requested.
- Step 3 – Bull owners organise semen (100 straws) to be delivered to Agri-Gene, Wangaratta, VIC in early September. All semen will undergo independent quality checks at this stage.
Bulls entering the program must be:
- Genetic Condition free (AM, NH, CA and DD).
- BVDV (aka Pestivirus) free by diagnostic test.
- Campylobacter (aka Vibriosis) and Leptospirosis free through vaccination (i.e. double vaccination plus annual booster), or laboratory diagnostic test via EMAI.
All bulls that enter the ASBP joining program will attract an entry fee of $2500 (plus GST) for Australian Bred Bulls and $4000 (plus GST) for overseas bred bulls
If you have any questions in relation to the nomination process or the ASBP in general please contact Christian Duff, Angus Australia Strategic Projects Manager M: 0457 457 141 or email: email@example.com