Dairy Beef Progeny Test: call for bull nominations

Friday 28th June 2024

Dairy Beef Progeny Test: call for bull nominations

B+LNZ Genetics are excited to call for expressions of interest for the 2024-mating of the Dairy Beef Progeny Test. Open for nominations from all sires and breeds.

This project aims to improve the quality of dairy beef calves in the industry by identifying and enabling widespread use of superior bulls for dairy beef.  Bulls can be submitted for entry and dairy farmers and dairy beef finishers will be able to see which bulls perform the best across the range of trait data collected.

This year, the DBPT will transition to new sites and will no longer include a formal path to market component with LIC, focusing instead on proving bulls that enhance the dairy beef market at all stages. We will encourage the development of pathways for high-merit bulls to make an impact in industry (e.g. private agreements between bull submitters and semen distributors), but it will not be an absolute requirement to have arrangements in place prior to acceptance of a bull.

The ideal bulls will add value to all stages of the dairy beef market, offering easy calving and short gestation length to the dairy farm, rapid growth for the finisher and superior carcase attributes for the processor. The calves will be recorded at birth, throughout rearing and the carcases assessed at slaughter.

Entry Costs

Important dates

How to submit a bull

Nominations must be received by Friday 26 July.
Nomination outcome will be communicated the week beginning Monday 5 August and successful nominators provided with a Bull Owners Agreement for signing.

Important information: