Eleven more commercial beef farmers have been selected to take part in the ground-breaking Informing New Zealand Beef (INZB) programme.
The seven-year INZB partnership, supported by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the New Zealand Meat Board and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, aims to boost the sector’s profits by $460m over the next 25 years.
Focused on increasing uptake of the use of high-quality genetics in the beef industry, the four main components of the programme are developing New Zealand-specific breeding indexes, building an across breed genetic evaluation and data infrastructure, running a beef progeny test and linking in data from commercial herds.
“These 11 farmers from across the country will join last year’s intake and support our mission to give breeders and farmers genetic tools to help produce great tasting beef and drive production efficiency,” says Gemma Jenkins of the INZB programme.
“We’re now in the third year of this programme which is helping commercial farmers understand the value of better genetics and offer them the opportunity to easily select the right genetics for their system to drive greater profitability on their farms.
“Commercial farms are playing a key role in the programme because they contribute to the accuracy of breeding values of stud bulls available to commercial farmers. Being part of the programme also allows for more accurate heifer selection in herds which will have a lasting impact on the commercial herds progress towards their own goals.”
The eleven new commercial farmers from Waikato, King Country, Gisborne, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago and Southland bring the total number of farmers involved in the programme to 22.
They are providing accurate pedigree recording, assessing bull teams’ performances, ensuring accurate information for heifer replacement selection and work with their bull breeders to make more rapid genetic progress.
The farmers are also able to benchmark their herd against others involved in the programme.
The INZB programme aims to onboard at least 10 commercial farmers with a passion for genetics each year. Those selected adopt a recording schedule across the year and can also, if they wish, carry out genotyping of their cow herd and, on an annual basis, calves and sires.
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