Firstly, data obtained from the Scheme are an objective
selection aid for identifying inefficient producers for culling and also for
identifying efficient producers for further breeding. This means increased
efficiency of production through genetic improvement with very little extra
Increased efficiency of production through genetic
improvement means more profit for the enterprise and, eventually, for the entire
Performance test results provide valuable management
information for monitoring management practices and to make changes where
Buyers tend to pay more for performance-tested animals and in
this regard performance testing serves as a value-added marketing instrument.
Performance test data and pedigree information are used for
estimating breeding values through BLUP technology for animals. Breeding values
makes it possible to determine the genetic merit of animals across herds, years,
Mixed model technology (like BLUP) has the further advantage
that the genetic trends (and environmental trends) of herds and breeds over time
can be determined. This information makes it possible to evaluate breeding
policies accurately and to make calculated changes where and when needed.
The cherry on the top is that all the above-mentioned information and results
are backed by professional animal scientists and technicians of the ARC-Animal
Production Institute, who are available to help and
advise on all matters concerning recording, selection and breeding.
The National Beef Cattle Improvement Scheme also benefits the industry in
general by providing valuable information and statistics on a national basis to
breed societies and producer organizations on performance of different breeds,
performance under different conditions, etc.
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