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There are a number of factors to consider when buying a bull using performance records:
- Focus on the traits that will make you the most money and set appropriate breeding objectives
- Select bulls with the right EBVs to realise these objectives
- Talk to the breeder about your requirements
- Obtain a breed benchmark – this will indicate how the bull performs compared to others within the breed – indicating strengths and weaknesses
- Review each bull’s EBVs using the search engine
- Don’t ignore traits that influence ease of calving or maternal performance (if female replacements are retained)
- Low heritability traits such as longevity and fertility can be enhanced by crossbreeding and exploiting hybrid vigour
- When planning a breeding strategy take into account available resources such as forage, labour and housing
- Remember EBVs can be compared between herds, but not between breeds
- It pays to invest. The difference between an average bull and one with high EBVs could be worth £2000 during its lifetime
- Look after the health and nutritional requirements of your bull to ensure he has a long productive life.
In this section
- Technical Information
- Why is Genetic Improvement Important?
- Selecting the Right Bull
- Estimated Breeding Values
- Interpreting Estimated Breeding Values
- Breeding Indexes
- Accuracy Values
- Ultrasound Scanning Beef Cattle
- Recording Scrotal Circumference
- Genome Wide Selection
- Bull Buying Tips
- Breeding Factsheets and Publications
- Sale Cards and Promotional Material
- EBLEX publications
- EBLEX Young Bull Providing Scheme
- Electronic Data Transfer
- The Genetics of Polling
- Inbreeding and How to Manage It
- Downloading EBV's from the Internet
- Online Beef EBV Training Package
- Cattle EBV Trials