The TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation is the genetic evaluation program adopted by Angus Australia for Angus and Angus influenced beef cattle. The TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation uses Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP) technology to produce Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) of recorded cattle for a range of important production traits (e.g. weight, carcase, fertility).
The TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation is an international genetic evaluation and includes pedigree, performance and genomic information from the Angus Australia and Angus New Zealand databases, along with selected information from the American and Canadian Angus Associations.
The TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation utilises a range of genetic evaluation software, including the internationally recognised BLUPF90 family of programs, and BREEDPLAN® beef genetic evaluation analytical software, as developed by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), a joint institute of NSW Agriculture and the University of New England, and Meat and Livestock Australia Limited (MLA).
The Angus TACE Getting Started Guide provides Angus Australia members with introductory information needed to begin performance recording with TACE by answering the following questions:
What is the TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation (TACE)?
What is an EBV?
What are the prerequisites for joining TACE?
How do I join TACE?
What can you expect from the Genetic Evaluation Service?
What costs are involved in TACE?
How do I begin performance recording with TACE?
What TACE EBVs are available?
What performance information do I need to record on my animals?
What equipment is needed?
How do I submit my performance to TACE?
How will I receive my TACE results?
When will I receive my TACE results?
What is the minimum recommended herd size?
How can I make my performance data more effective?
In order to enrol in the TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation (TACE), please nominate the Genetic Evaluation Service when completing the “Membership Application” available below and return to the Angus Australia office.
Angus Australia participates in or manages a number of research projects with leading research organisations both nationally and internationally. These projects aim to support Angus Australia in delivering a world leading genetic evaluation service to its members. ...