In a commercial beef herd, without cow recording, the bull contributes about 80% of the herd’s genetic improvement. The decision you make about which bull to buy this season will affect your business for four cow generations. Taking 10 minutes to read the below document now should yield you an exceptional return.
The priority is to get heifers in calf early, which requires you growing them well. It's also a good idea to mate as many heifers as you can, but then select those that conceive within 42 days. Read how EBVs can make a big difference to achieving these targets.
This 40-page booklet elaborates on the simple “Five steps” above and considers each step in detail.
Setting your breeding objective
If you don’t know where you’re at then you don’t know where you’re going! Get on track and make a plan to improve your farm performance by filling out this document.
Listen to this podcast and you’ll be up to speed with what to look for, when you’re next purchasing a bull. Max Tweedie, National Beef Genetics Manager, talks about what a bull's figures mean, how to use them, what to look for in a bull, and how to keep him performing at his best.
The B+LNZ Genetics Beef Progeny Test data clearly shows that, the better condition your cows are in at mating, the more calves they will produce.
Genetic improvement should be the key objective for a stud breeder. Genetic improvement occurs when the sire team you select are of higher merit than the cows in your herd and ultimately breed calves that are superior to their parents. Read our six top tips below to help you identify where you can improve your performance recording.