Compare international and New Zealand beef genetics

Farmers can directly compare the performance of international versus New Zealand bulls during two upcoming field days.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Caberfeidh Station in South Canterbury and Tautane Station near Dannevirke are hosting the field days – on 8 and 15 August, respectively – as part of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics Beef Progeny Test.

The chance to see one and two-year-old youngstock from the trial is expected to draw much interest. The field day will cover off the latest results, including progeny growth rates, heifer fertility and carcass ultrasound data. There will also be a structural assessment of live steers and discussion around new traits resulting from the trial.

The progeny test is being carried out on five large-scale, commercial New Zealand sheep and beef farms. It involves mating a mix of New Zealand and international bulls (using AI) over about 2200 commercially-farmed cows and heifers each season. All progeny are tracked, with steers and terminally-sired heifers assessed on their carcase traits and replacement heifers tracked for their maternal characteristics.

Find out more

The field days run from 10am to 3.30pm. For details, email info@blnzgenetics.com