Friday 6th July 2018
The B+LNZ Genetics Dairy-Beef Progeny Test has drilled down into the Angus and Hereford bulls that will deliver dairy-friendly results for birth weight, gestation length and weaning age.
The progeny test involved 65 bulls over two years of AI mating. Here are the top five bulls for each breed on birth weight, gestation length and weaning age.
And there are other beef bulls out there that will also deliver great dairy-farmer friendly results.
Here’s what to look for**:
If you’re after an Angus bull, look for one with:
Birthweight EBV no more than +3.5 kg
Gestation length EBV no more than +0.5 days
If you’re after a Hereford bull, look for one with:
Birthweight EBV no more than +1.2 kg
Gestation length EBV no more than -2.6 days
* Most of these bulls have semen available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bull owners’ contact details.
** These EBVs are for cow matings, not first-calving heifers.
In presenting these results, it is accepted that not all available beef bulls have been progeny tested and therefore there will likely be other meritorious beef bulls available. Dairy farmers using beef bulls are encouraged to use high breeding value bulls and these are most likely to be available via AI.