The performance of a bull is largely influenced by the genetics and the environment.
The way a bull presents on sale day is often a reflection of the environment it has been raised in up until that point.
Utilising breeding decision tools will give a more accurate indication of the animals true breeding value, tools such as EBVs should be considered to assist in making informed decisions regarding sire selection.
The role of a bull in the breeding herd is to pass on superior genetics in traits to its progeny.
The performance of the progeny will likely be limited from time to time by two broad areas, the environment, including the health of the animal and the nutrition available as well as the genetics the animal has. Focusing on genetics as well as the environment will reduce the limitations on the animal’s performance.
The effect the sire will have in a self-replacing herd will be long lasting with daughters and granddaughters often kept for a long time, reinforcing the importance of getting the decision right for long term breeding success.
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