A whole lot of talk about bull

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

THE Bet­ter Bull Se­lec­tion Course held in Monto from July 11 to 13 has been deemed a huge suc­cess by all those at­tend­ing.

The course was or­gan­ised by Far­mStuff and led by John Ber­tram and Alan Laing, in­dus­try lead­ers in the field of re­pro­duc­tion and ge­net­ics for the beef in­dus­try.

Each herd bull pro­duc­ing (on av­er­age) be­tween 150-200 calves in their life­time, they con­trib­ute 35 to 50 times more ge­net­ics to our calves, than a cow (on av­er­age).

Day one ad­dressed the im­por­tance of know­ing ex­actly where to go with the herd and why.

Day two fo­cused on bull and fe­male fer­til­ity and the keys to re­pro­duc­tive suc­cess.

Based on a sci­en­tific break­down of how the male and fe­male re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem works, they moved on to the ba­sic prin­ci­ples for se­lect­ing re­pro­duc­tively sound and fer­tile an­i­mals.

Struc­tural sound­ness and tem­per­a­ment are the foun­da­tions.

For bulls a full BBSE, in­clud­ing Mor­phol­ogy, done by a qual­i­fied prac­ti­tioner is not just ideal, it is es­sen­tial.

For fe­males it is more a num­bers game, look af­ter the un­der­ly­ing drivers of fer­til­ity, weights in heifers and con­di­tion score in cows, con­trol par­a­sites and disease, keep your breed­ing sea­son short and then just keep se­lect­ing for fer­til­ity.

Day three was about how to choose a bull that will drive your herd where you want it to go.

The in­dus­try has spent mil­lions of dol­lars and years of re­search col­lect­ing fam­ily data from thou­sands upon thou­sands of cat­tle ev­ery year and has cre­ated the most ac­cu­rate mea­sure of an an­i­mal’s ge­net­ics.

The gen­eral con­sen­sus at the end of three chal­leng­ing and stim­u­lat­ing days was that it was well worth ev­ery sec­ond, and the need to de­vote more of our time and ef­fort to cre­at­ing the plans and do­ing the re­search into se­lec­tion that will shape our herd for years to come.

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