Tropical cattle

Tropical cattle

What difference can genetics make to tropical 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 Brahman 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 tropical cattle producers gained from genetics?

Meet tropical cattle producer Russell Lethbridge.

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

Meet Russell Lethbridge.

Russell and his wife Donna manage Werrington Cattle Company, a commercial tropical cattle operation, based north of Hughenden in North Queensland.

"Without using genetics to improve production results, the family business would have been put under extreme pressure to even exist." Russell Lethbridge 

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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 2: How do I set a breeding objective for my beef herd?

Before you start using breeding values, you need to know what you’re trying to achieve with your herd. Here are some important things to consider when setting your breeding objective.

Resources
MODULE 2: Using breeding values to find bulls on BREEDPLAN
EPISODE 1: How do I find tropical bulls on the BREEDPLAN website?
EPISODE 1: How do I find tropical 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?
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.

More information

Contact 

Paul Williams, Tropical Beef Technology Services

Tim Emery, Tropical Beef Technology Services  

Resources

  • BREEDPLAN is Australia’s genetic evaluation system for beef cattle breeders and buyers. 
  • Tropical Beef Technology Services is an extension service that helps tropical beef producers to breed better cattle and buy better bulls.
  • Breeding EDGE workshops help you develop a cattle breeding program or improve your existing one. 
  • 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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