Buyers looking to purchase Angus bulls this autumn can use Angus BREEDPLAN EBVs with confidence following the completion of a recent project jointly funded by Angus Australia and the MLA Donor Company (MDC).
The project analysed the information collected in the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program and has clearly demonstrated that the Angus BREEDPLAN EBVs on bulls when they were joined in the program accurately predicted the performance of their progeny.
This project has illustrated the considerable genetic variation that can be found between Angus animals and the opportunity that consequently exists to improve the productivity and profitability of Angus beef breeding enterprises by utilising superior genetics.
This project has demonstrated that BREEDPLAN EBVs provided a reliable prediction of how the progeny from sires in the ASBP subsequently performed, and should be used with confidence when selecting animals for use within a beef breeding program.
This project has demonstrated that despite the initial EBVs being of relatively low accuracy, there was very little change in the average EBVs of the sires and that EBVs can be used with confidence when selecting young animals for use within a breeding program.
The project has demonstrated that the EBVs for some individual sires did change. However, the number of sires for which the EBVs did change considerably, and the magnitude of the change, was within expected ranges.