Angus Australia and independent global animal health company Vetoquinol have extended their commercial partnership agreement for a further year covering the next joining year of the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP).
Angus Australia and Vetoquinol are continuing a 3 year long working relationship in which Vetoquinol has supported the ASBP, a role which has been crucial in providing successful AI results within the program.
The ASBP is a major Research and Development initiative of Angus Australia and will be celebrating its 10th year in process in 2019.
The major objectives of the ASBP include generating progeny test data on modern Angus bulls, particularly for hard to measure traits such as feed efficiency, abattoir carcase measurement, meat quality attributes and female reproduction, generating data for the validation and refinement of Angus TACE and building a comprehensive phenotype and genotype database on Australian Angus for genomic technology validation, research and development.
Vetoquinol is a family owned business originated from France and is the 9th largest veterinary pharmaceutical company in the world.
“Vetoquinol are pleased to continue our relationship with Angus Australia. We have made it our mission to improve reproductive outcomes of livestock through our Repro360 project. Genetic improvement underpins the success of many beef cattle enterprises, and walks hand in hand with improved reproductive outcomes. The ASBP represents a great initiative that will contribute positively to the profitability of the beef industry long term,” expressed Dr Sophia Edwards, Business Unit Manager (Australia and New Zealand), Food Production Animals at Vetoquinol.
The ongoing commercial relationship between Vetoquinol and Angus Australia is greatly valued for the continuation of the ABSP process.
Angus Australia’s Strategic Project Manager, Christian Duff adds, “A successful fixed time AI program underpins the ASBP. Using Vetoquinol products ensures that we have this success year on year. This is through the supply of products such as Cue-Mate® devices, but more importantly the support and advice they can provide through their knowledgeable staff.”