With the Spring bull sales kicking off, now is a perfect time to review the strategies used by your enterprise when choosing your next Angus bulls. Whether you are buying in new bulls or selecting bulls from within your own herd for future joinings, it is important to start by considering your breeding objective.
A new module has been developed within the Angus Education Centre that will step you through some of the important factors to consider when planning your bull selections. Topics include Selecting a Seedstock Producer, Breeding Soundness and Angus BREEDPLAN EBVs, just to name a few. This module can be accessed by clicking here.
In keeping with the philosophy of allowing for optimal accessibility, these resources have been offered in a variety of forms to suit different individual learning preferences. For example, content can be downloaded in the form of a brochure or a podcast that can be accessed at a later time off-line. Alternatively, a short animation can be viewed that will provide a summary of key points. For those who like to work their way through the online content and engage with the resources, testing their learning on the way, topics are presented as a series of sequential web pages and optional activities.
At the end of the module, participants have the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and think about how they can apply it in their own situation. Reflection is an essential component of learning, as it not only allows a learner to apply what they have learned to their own situation, making the learning meaningful, it helps them discover areas where they can make relevant behavioural changes. Reflection also helps prompt curiosity, exploration and inquiry, and can provide the motivation learners need to pursue a topic or
So please, take the time to view the “Selecting Your Next Angus Bull” module, reflect on what you have read and see if it can help you make positive changes to your current bull selection strategies.
Of course, if you think that we can improve on our learning modules in any way, we’d love to hear from you and are happy to receive questions and suggestions for future enhancements. Feedback can be submitted by emailing Liz Roan.