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Genetic improvement provides an important way that cattle producers can enhance the performance of their herds.
Genetic improvement is:
- Permanent: unlike with improved feeding, for example, the performance of an animal is influenced for life
- Cumulative: improvements made in one generation are added to those made in previous generations
- Sustainable: improvements can continue to be made as long as there is genetic variation
Even though the markets for animal products and the resources available for animal production are continually changing, breeding goals can be readily modified.
For these reasons at an industry level it is highly cost effective. The annual return from genetic improvement within the sheep and beef sector will exceed £20 million in 2010.
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