ANGUS BREEDERS – LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY SURVEY CLOSES MARCH 31ST
Australian Angus breeders are being invited to provide input into the breeding direction of the Angus breed by completing an online survey that aims to determine current industry preferences for different traits within Angus breeding programs.
The online survey is a critical part of a project being conducted to review the selection indexes that are calculated within the Angus BREEDPLAN genetic evaluation, with the survey outcomes helping to shape the future selection indexes that are calculated for Australian Angus animals.
Facilitated by CSIRO Agriculture and Food, in collaboration with Angus Australia, the online survey aims to determine industry preferences for not only traditional production traits, like calving ease, fertility, growth rate and carcase quality, but also traits that are not currently considered in the selection indexes, such as structural soundness and temperament, and newer, more novel traits like immune competence, and the acceptable trade-offs between these groups of traits.
Immune competence, recently developed as a measurable trait, describes an animal’s ability to mount an immune response to a disease challenge, with high levels of immune competence having potentially large benefits for improved herd health and reduced health treatment costs during feedlot finishing.
The survey is seeking input from all Angus breeders and producers across Australia to find out how they value different traditional and novel traits within their breeding program. This information will help to better understand how the value placed on each trait differs between different operations, climatic regions or target markets, and will enable the tailoring of selection indexes that best meet the needs of industry.
For further information please contact Andrew Byrne, Breed Development & Extension Manager, Angus Australia on firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6773 4618 or Amy Bell, Research Project Officer, CSIRO Agriculture and Food on Amy.Bell@csiro.au or (02) 6776 1455.