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Feed efficiency: What to know

Previously, genetic improvement has been aimed mainly at output traits such as fertility and liveweight, however little direct emphasis has been placed on reducing inputs to improve efficiency of production. Selection for livestock which is more efficient when it comes to feed intake and production is however not a new concept; this has long been recognized in the pig and …

Management or Contemporary Groups and why they are Important

Management or Contemporary Groups are the “building blocks” of the Breedplan analysis. These groups of animals are the only ones that are directly compared, thus grouping and comparing only animals which had an equal opportunity to perform. This concept allows the analysis to eliminate non-genetic effects. “If these groups are not formed correctly, the EBVs calculated will be less accurate …

Brahman Feed Efficiency – Progress

(SA Brahman Society – September 2019) The recording of Feed Efficiency is relatively new to SA Brahman – official testing for Residual Feed Intake started when the BGP commenced in April 2015. By definition: Residual feed intake (RFI) is a measure of Feed Efficiency, and is defined as the difference between an animal’s actual feed intake and its expected feed …

Breedplan Selection Indexes Explained

Feed Efficiency and its Measurement

Providing feed is a major input cost in beef production, hence improvements in the efficiency of feed utilization will reduce the cost of production. Residual feed intake (RFI) is a measure of Feed Efficiency, and is defined as the difference between an animal’s actual feed intake and its expected feed intake, based on its size and growth. It is independent …

Brahman – The ideal Motherline for Beef producers in Southern Africa

The demand for purebred female stock has increased significantly over the last three to four years. One of the reasons for this may be that female animals are under extreme pressure to keep producing. This is a significant feat, considering the drought experienced in several provinces in South Africa during the last five years. Other, more relevant, reasons may be …

Pryse Styg Sterk

Die vraag na geregistreerde Brahman-aanteelvee het die afgelope ses maande ’n beduidende gunstige neiging getoon.

The “steaks” are high to produce healthier foods

Bos indicus influenced cattle have received a bad rap for their less-marbled beef product, but as the push for healthier foods has risen in recent years, it provides opportunity for Bos indicus breeds to market a leaner product.

Brahman Meat Quality

Brahman test bulls finishing before Slaughter.

SA successfully negotiates resumption of most agri exports

Despite having lost its foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)-free status in January 2019, South African authorities have negotiated the resumption of trade in livestock products between the country and a number of export destinations.

Handle Livestock with Less Stress

Too often working cattle stresses both man and beast, straining marriages and sometimes even resulting in injury to an animal, or a cattle handler.

Brahman Genotyping

What is a Genotype? The genetic makeup of an organism or group of organisms with reference to a single trait, set of traits, or an entire complex of traits.
The sum total of genes transmitted from parent to offspring.