The variation in trait performance

The variation that exists within the Angus breed enables breeders to continue to make gains in areas significant to their breeding program and that of their clients. A recent project undertaken by Angus Australia once again examined how much variation exists in Angus, by looking at the performance of the progeny by sires in the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program.



By looking at the variation between the average performance of the top 5 sire progeny groups and the 5 lowest performing progeny groups for each of the traits, the project revealed that there is a significant amount of genetic variation between animals within the Angus population. This variation presents a lot of opportunity to improve the productivity of Angus beef enterprises by utilising better genetics.



Check out the Lessons from the ASBP resources, available on the Angus Australia website for further information on the variation seen between the progeny groups and the results from the earlier work examining cohorts 1, 2 and 3.