Temperate cattle

Temperate cattle

What difference can genetics make to temperate herds?

There’s no doubt. When you’re buying a bull, his physical and structural soundness must be factored in. But what you can’t see is just as important. Using breeding values allows you to see ‘under the hood’ of an animal. You can see his weak points and his strengths to help decide if he’s the right fit for your herd.

Can you pick the performer?

Take two Hereford bulls. Same live weight. Both structurally sound. Both passed BULLCHECK® and morphology. Which one would you choose? Find out by watching this short video and see the difference breeding values can make.

What have other temperate cattle producers gained from genetics?

Meet temperate cattle producer Andrew Carruthers.

He shares his journey with breeding values and how they’ve accelerated the performance of his herd.

Meet Andrew Carruthers.

Andrew runs a commercial temperate cattle and prime lamb operation in NSW.

“The performance of our kg/ha has been outstanding. It's a combination of genetics and also understanding our country and the way we manage our livestock." Andrew Carruthers

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How do I get started with genetics?

Accelerating your herd’s performance with better breeding values starts with setting your breeding objective, understanding estimated breeding values and selection indexes and knowing your way around the BREEDPLAN website.

You can then start to apply your new-found knowledge when you’re ready to shop for your next high performing bull.

Here are some short ‘how-to’ animated videos to help get you started with using breeding values. It’s best to watch them in the order shown. Take your time. Watch and re-watch the videos at your leisure.

MODULE 1: Getting started with breeding values
EPISODE 1: What are Estimated Breeding Values?
EPISODE 1: What are Estimated Breeding Values?
EPISODE 2: How do I set a breeding objective for my beef herd?
EPISODE 2: How do I set a breeding objective for my beef herd?
EPISODE 3: What are beef indexes?
EPISODE 3: What are beef indexes?

EPISODE 3: What are beef indexes?

A beef index takes a range of important production traits and combines them into one number so you can rank bulls, quickly and easily. Find out how they work and the different indexes you can pick and choose from.

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MODULE 2: Using breeding values to find bulls on BREEDPLAN
EPISODE 1: How do I find temperate bulls on the BREEDPLAN website?
EPISODE 1: How do I find temperate bulls on the BREEDPLAN website?
EPISODE 2: How do I search sales catalogues on the BREEDPLAN website?
EPISODE 2: How do I search sales catalogues on the BREEDPLAN website?

EPISODE 2: How do I search sales catalogues on the BREEDPLAN website?

BREEDPLAN contains sales catalogues of upcoming bull sales. Here’s how you can search these catalogues and find bulls of your desired breed that meet your breeding objective.

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MODULE 3: Putting breeding values into practice
EPISODE 1: How do I shop for a high performing bull?
EPISODE 1: How do I shop for a high performing bull?
Using traits – COMING SOON
Stay tuned. More how-to videos are coming soon. These will cover key cattle traits including fertility, carcase, growth and calving ease traits.

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Contact

Catriona Millen, Southern Beef Technology Services

Boyd Gudex, Southern Beef Technology Services 

Carel Teseling, Southern Beef Technology Services 

Resources

  • BREEDPLAN is Australia’s genetic evaluation system for beef cattle breeders and buyers.
  • Southern Beef Technology Services is an extension service that helps temperate beef producers to breed better cattle and buy better bulls.
  • Bred Well Fed Well workshops help producers analyse and plan a genetics and nutrition regime suited to their environment and markets to boost profitability.
  • Profitable Grazing Systems takes small groups of producers and pairs them with specialist coaches who share their knowledge, skills and experience on topics including genetics and reproduction.
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