There have been a number of significant changes to Angus BREEDPLAN over the past year, with the most recent change the implementation of single step analytical software in our main multi-trait analysis. While these changes have changed the way that data is analysed and improved our ability to predict the genetic merit of each animal, the core points to consider when collecting data are still much the same.
To finish off the year I would like to leave you with three key points to remember when thinking about Angus BREEDPLAN.
Remember your management groups
First of all, don’t forget to report your management groups to Angus Australia. So much time, effort and money is spent collecting performance data like weights and scanning data. This data is invaluable to your breeding operations as it informs on the genetic merit of your herd, enabling more informed selection decisions. Unfortunately, the ability to separate differences in performance resulting from environmental effects or genetic effects is markedly reduced when no management groups are included with the submission of your performance data.
EBVs are generated through the use of complicated matrices and mathematical algorithms that underpin Angus BREEDPLAN. This technology is very useful and works well to predict the genetic merit of each animal. However, as with any technology, the predictions will only ever be as good as the information provided. The value and usefulness of the EBVs will always depend on each member submitting the data and how careful they are collecting and recording that data.
Please feel free to ring Angus Australia and ask questions. Angus BREEDPLAN can be confusing and no matter how many times I think I understand what is going on, there is always something else I don’t know. We will try our best to answer your questions, and If we can’t, we will find someone who can. Please don’t ever think that the question is silly or be too embarrassed to ask it. I can guarantee that the same question has been asked multiple times this year, if not this month.
A little over two years ago, Angus Australia was running monthly Angus BREEDPLAN analyses. Now not only are the analyses run fortnightly, we are also utilising single step analytical software. These two changes are of great benefit to our membership as the analysis is doing a better job of predicting EBVs and they are being churned out twice as quick.
While this is a massive step forward for Angus producers, it means that the Member Services team have more to do and less time to do it in, to ensure that your registrations, genomics and performance data makes it onto the Angus Australia database in time for the analyses.
Every two weeks, when the submission deadline rolls around, the phones at Angus Australia starts ringing because members aren’t ready for the analyses. DNA hasn’t come back on time, their computer died mid submission or they forgot to register their rising two year olds for their sale in 6 weeks time. Angus Australia staff do their best to help these members out, but it gets increasingly harder as the turnaround times get tighter and tighter.
We understand that paper work is always on the bottom of the priority list, but please be prepared and don’t leave it all until the last minute. Make sure to factor in enough time for registering your calves, running DNA tests and submitting BREEDPLAN performance data. If you know a few months in advance that you are going to be cutting it fine, feel free to give us a call and let us know. Together, we can formulate a plan and make sure we are all prepared and make the deadline.
BREEDPLAN Submission Deadlines
To help you be prepared, please be aware of the 2018 Angus BREEDPLAN Analysis Schedule (See below). This schedule is also available from the Angus Australia website.
If you are relying on updated EBVs from a particular analysis, please make sure that all of your registration details, DNA and performance data is submitted well ahead of the submission deadline to guarantee that updated EBVs are available when they are needed.
Performance Data Processing Statistics
The table below provides a snapshot of some of the performance information that has been added to the Angus Australia database from the 01/01/2017 to the 31/10/2017.
Angus Australia is pleased to report that routine fortnightly Angus BREEDPLAN Analyses will continue into 2018, following the success of the 2017 analyses. A schedule for the 2018 Angus BREEDPLAN submission deadlines can be found in the table below:
Please be aware that all performance data submissions must be received by Angus Australia before 5pm on the submission deadline for inclusion in the analysis. All animal registrations should be submitted at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline for inclusion in the analysis.
Any questions regarding the 2018 Angus BREEDPLAN Analysis Schedule should be directed to staff at Angus Australia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org