Genetics New Zealand

Angus HeiferSELECT

THE ADVANCED GENOMIC TOOL TO INFORM THE SELECTION OF REPLACEMENT HEIFERS FOR COMMERCIAL NEW ZEALAND ANGUS BREEDERS.

Effective selection of replacement females is one of the most challenging aspects of commercial cow-calf production. Producers must decide whether a given heifer can be a productive and profitable breeding female before she has had an opportunity to express productivity associated with profitability, including fertility, calving ease, milking ability, growth and mature size. This makes it critical for producers to select and develop the right replacement heifers—and consistently mate them to complementary sires—to optimise profitability.

GENETICS – THE FUNDAMENTAL BUILDING BLOCK

Herds with a superior genetic profile have a fundamental advantage over other herds and will outperform their contemporaries over their lifetime. It is in their DNA. Effective selection of replacement females is one of the most challenging aspects of commercial cow-calf production.

Producers must decide whether a given heifer can be a productive and profitable breeding female before she has had an opportunity to express productivity associated with profitability, including fertility, calving ease, milking ability, growth and mature size. This makes it critical for producers to select and develop the right replacement heifers – and consistently mate them to complementary sires - to optimise profitability.

The choice for commercial producers is not: optimise nutrition and animal health OR optimise genetics

The choice for commercial producers is: optimise nutrition and animal health AND optimise genetics

ANGUS HeiferSELECT™ GENETICS

Angus HeiferSELECT™ is a genomic selection tool to help inform the selection of Angus replacement heifers (87.5% black Angus content or greater) in a commercial breeding operation. It has been created in collaboration between Angus and Zoetis, the global leading genomic testing service organisation.

Angus HeiferSELECT™ provides genetic predictions, including:

  • Total Breeding Value
  • Eight (8) important maternal, growth and carcase traits
  • DNA sire identification to a sire registered with Angus Australia
  • Angus HeiferSELECT™ Star Rating for easy interpretation

The test results are based on genomic predictions coupled with Angus BREEDPLAN EBV information of known relatives.

EASY TO UNDERSTAND REPORTS

A simple to read report with a star rating system and an intuitive 1 to 100 scoring system ranks animals on their overall genetic potential for the traits listed below. Higher values are generally better, with a score of 50 representing the average genetic merit of commercial Angus heifers tested with the Angus HeiferSELECT™ product.

Download our HeiferSELECT Product Information Sheet for more information.