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Genetic improvement. Benefits for commercial producers. Dr Michael Bradfield BREEDPLAN SA. World meat production and trade. Source: FAPRI, 2010. This was Achieved by Maximising Genetic Progress! (n0 hormones!). Day 8 5. Day 43. Day 57. Day 71. 1957 Chicken Genetics.

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genetic improvement

Genetic improvement

Benefits for commercial producers

Dr Michael Bradfield

BREEDPLAN SA

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This was Achieved by Maximising Genetic Progress!

(n0 hormones!)

Day 85

Day 43

Day 57

Day 71

1957 Chicken Genetics

2001 Chicken Genetics

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Value of genetic improvement to South African beef herd

$$

After 10 years

4.50 Billion Rand

RSA R40

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In France, like much of Europe, many of the breed societies have become very weak and have very little influence on the industry.

Vincent Ducrocq (ARC 20/02/2012)

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+5kg

+3kg

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EMA RBY

+ 3.8 1.6

-3.5 -1.5

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7.2cm 3.1%

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WHAT IS GENETIC PROGRESS ?

The formula is:

R = S x h²

L

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Namibian Extensive Rangeland Grassfed Index

Objectives

Steers finished on grass (30 months).

460-500 kg live weight.

P8 Fat 10 mm.

Daughters retained for breeding

Reduce cow size.

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Brahman International Genetic Evaluation
  • Selecting suitable genetics “across country borders”:
  • Breeders can benchmark their own herd genetics to other genetics around the world on a common base
  • Opportunities of a wider gene pool:
  • - potential for accelerating rate of genetic improvement
  • - marketing genetics on a common base
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Brahman Performance Records Available

*These numbers may include repeat measures on the same animals.

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Other Considerations
  • By undertaking this project Brahman would become the first Bosindicus breed to commission an international genetic evaluation.
  • This should assist Brahman to increase its market share of genetics - particularly to developing country projects.
  • It needs to be accepted from the outset that while the international evaluation will be more informative than national evaluations - there will be winners and losers. That is part of the price of progress.
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Stud Industry

Put the interests of your commercial clients FIRST

by selecting animals that make commercial producers more MONEY

Lets be courageous, roll up our sleeves, and do it!

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