The objective of the Scheme is to supply the beef industry with objective performance information in order to improve the biological and economic efficiency of beef production through genetic improvement and improved management practices.
Reproduction phase (Phase A1)
Suckling phase (Phase A2)
Post weaning phases:
On-farm recordings (Phase B)
Central performance tests (Phase C)
On-farm performance tests (Phase D)
Feedlot recordings (Phase
Reproduction and ease of calving traits of cows and bulls will be evaluated
through mating and calving data.
The reproduction phase makes, except for the recording of birth
information, also provision for the recording of mating and AI particulars as
well as pregnancy diagnoses. The results from this data will have various
benefits for those farmers who wish to record such data - in one respect for
better genetic evaluation for reproduction traits and in another respect as
valuable management information.
Mothering ability and efficiency of the cows, and the
pre-weaning growth rate of their calves, is evaluated by means of the cow
weights and pre-weaning and weaning weights of their calves.
Post weaning growth rate and feed conversion ratio of young
bulls (and heifers in Phase C3) are evaluated by means of performance tests
under standardised conditions (excluding Phase C3) at central bull testing
centres where animals are fed individually
Post weaning growth rate of young bulls is evaluated by means of performance
tests under controlled conditions on the farm of a member or a private
Post weaning growth rate of young bulls, oxen and heifers are evaluated by
means of weights under feedlot conditions.