Kiwi beef farmers asked for views on cattle traits

// Breeding and Genetics

New Zealand beef farmers are being asked for their views on what cattle traits are important to them as part of a ground-breaking genetics programme.

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The Informing New Zealand Beef programme is asking farmers to take part in a Trait Prioritisation Survey to help inform the direction the programme takes in developing the genetic evaluation system for the industry.

The survey aims to gain valuable insights into farmer demographics, views and behaviours around genetics and indexes, and trait preferences. It will also help prioritise traits of importance for those taking part in the research.

“The survey’s findings, along with input from the programme’s Industry Advisory Group and industry experts, will allow us to make decisions on what traits should be developed as part of the INZB programme,” says INZB Programme Manager Gemma Jenkins.

“We’re really encouraging farmers to take part in the survey as this will help determine the direction of this important programme but also the direction of the New Zealand beef industry.”

AbacusBio has already carried out an independent assessment of potential new traits that could be developed within the INZB programme.

This assessment involved a review of breeding traits used within major global beef evaluations and research programmes.

Traits were evaluated against a range of impact/value and ease of implementation criteria including economic, environmental, cost and time to implement, data availability and reliance on genomics.

Fourteen traits including fertility/maternal, growth/efficiency, carcass & eating quality, health & welfare and the environment were then recommended for further development. Now it’s time for New Zealand’s beef farmers to have their say.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand, with the support of the Ministry for Primary Industries, is leading the Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) partnership INZB programme.

The overall aim of the seven-year programme is to improve profitability and enhance sustainability across the beef industry through the development and adoption of improved genetics.

In addition to developing a beef genetic evaluation system to support a sustainable beef farming industry in New Zealand, the programme will also create easy to use tools to enable data to be efficiently collected, managed, analysed and used by farmers to make profitable decisions for their


For more information, please contact:
Sam Halstead
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