Recording Birth Weight of Australian Hereford Calves

Birth weight is an important economic trait in beef production systems as lower birth weights are associated with reduced incidence of calving difficulty, but unfavourably correlated with growth rate. Careful recording birth weight of calves allows Hereford breeders to obtain EBVs for Birth Weight, which in turn helps in breeding to minimise calving difficulties while…

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Carcase Marbling in Australian Herefords

The recent introduction of the MSA Index and the expectation that some processors will move to a payment system whereby animals with higher MSA Index carcases will attract a premium price has caused renewed interest in the marbling potential of animals. While the MSA Index is influenced by multiple factors, both environmental and genetic, the…

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Genomic Selection: What, Why, How?

In 2015, Herefords Australia, in conjunction with the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (ABGU) and Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS), began development of a Genomics Policy. The aim of this Genomics Policy is to develop and enhance genomic selection for Australian Hereford cattle. During this process there has been much discussion around the challenges associated…

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Recording Docility Scores in Australian Herefords

One question I am asked by Hereford breeders is “Given Herefords are such a quiet breed, why should I measure docility?” While Herefords have a justifiable reputation for being a quiet breed of cattle, variation for temperament in Herefords does exist, just as there is variation for other traits within the breed. The percentile bands…

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Trending Genetic Tools

By Catherine Brown Associate Editor Canadian Hereford Digest October 2016 Commercial Edition “In the 1950s, artificial insemination was developed,” says Rod Geisert, beef genetics extension specialist at the University of Missouri, in Jared Decker’s “A Steak in Genomics” blog. “In 1978, the first human [conceived] from in vitro fertilization was born. Both of these technologies…

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