The Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP) will see the entry of 33 new bulls, selected from over 50 nominations, to produce the Cohort 11 calves.
The Cohort 11 sire list, and previous cohorts sire lists, are available from Sire Benchmarking catalogue listing on angus.tech – CLICK HERE
Additionally, to provide genetic linkages, Cohort 11 includes:
- A high use sire from the United States (EF Complement 8088) which is included in a progeny test program undertaken by the American Angus Association, and
- Two sires from Cohort 10 of the ASBP (Hazeldean M586 And Murdeduke Black Pearl P036)
The 33 bulls continue the high-performance nature of ASBP sires with the group averaging in the top 5% for all Indexes. This is also coupled with genetic diversity and representative of the modern Australian Angus population which is important for an effective reference population.
Across the 11 Cohorts of the ASBP, there has now been 386 modern Angus bulls enter this industry leading research and development program.
The 2020 AI program to produce the Cohort 11 calves is soon to be completed with ~2,140 Angus females joined across 6 co-operator herds. Each sire will be joined to ~60 Angus females with the aim to produce ~30-35 calves on average. This is from a fixed time AI program with one round of AI, utilising Vetoquinol advice and products such as Cue-Mate devices.
The Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP) is a major R&D initiative of Angus Australia with support from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and industry partners such as Vetoquinol, Rangers Valley Feedlot and John Dee Abattoir.
The objective of the ASBP is to “Grow the comprehensive phenotype and genotype reference population on contemporary Australian Angus animals, particularly for hard‐to‐measure traits, for enhanced genetic evaluation, collaborative research and innovative development.”