Ram4Ram compares the difference in profit two rams will deliver over their lifetimes.
Massive leap forward for New Zealand sheep genetics
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics has just launched a new $5 million genetic evaluation system – a transformative step for the country’s sheep industry.
Renowned for its sunshine, Marlborough’s climate can be challenging for the region’s sheep and beef farmers. Richard and Victoria Gorman have built a farm system based on legumes and high-quality sheep genetics that allows them to make the most efficient use of limited rainfall.
Compare international and New Zealand beef genetics
Farmers can directly compare the performance of international versus New Zealand bulls during two upcoming field days.
How accurately do DNA profiles match real life?
While nestled amongst the B+LNZ Genetics Progeny Test family, the Landcorp Duncraigen arrangement is slightly different, as the Te Anau property is home to the South Island Genomic Calibration (SIGC) flock.
Beef progeny test ramps up
The Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics Beef Progeny Test is now in its third season, with carcase data from the rising two-year-old progeny only a few months away.
Advantages of AI go beyond genetics
Greg McKay, managing director of South Island-based Xcell Breeding and Veterinary Services, has seen AI use in beef cattle increase 10-fold over the past 20 years, to a point where it is now a 50/50 mix of commercial and stud farmers.
Eating quality underpins red meat story
Speaking at Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s beef-focused field days in Canterbury, AbacusBio consultant Jason Archer defined eating quality as tenderness, juiciness and flavour and says much of what farmers do on-farm can influence all of these factors.
Beef value chain - fast finishing
Maximising growth rates is critical to driving on-farm efficiencies within a beef value chain.
Beef bulls adding value
Making use of strategically-selected beef bulls as follow-up bulls in a dairy operation adds value, with minimal downside. A four-year Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics’ Dairy-Beef Progeny Test is now into its second year and the results make for positive reading.
AI experiencing resurgence
The use of artificial insemination (AI) in commercial beef cow herds is experiencing a resurgence.