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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 3, 2010 Seedstock with a commercial focus QUALITY SERVICE: A Landfall Net Worth son. FRANK ARCHER Landfall IN any beef breeding herd, decisions should be made with an aim to increase profitability. To make a sound de- cision, it is essential to identify the main factors that affect profitability. In a beef breeding herd, depending on weight and age at turnoff, on average 70 per cent of feed consumed is by the female breeding pro- portion of the herd. That leaves 30 per cent of feed consumed by the pro- portion of the herd that is sold to generate income. It is therefore import- ant that a female breed- ing herd consists of cows that are fertile, calve eas- ily, have a low mainten- ance requirement, are easy-doing and are struc- turally sound to ensure longevity. Too often breeders fo- cus on the sole breeding trait of growth, ignoring the importance of ma- ternal genetics. It is im- portant to get the ma- ternal characteristics of a herd right, then focus on high performance. The main profit drivers of any commercial red meat operation is fertility first and foremost, then growth. It is critical cows and heifers get in calf early in the breeding season, calve easily and mother their calves well while not dropping ex- cessive amounts of body condition. After weaning, cows need to put body con- dition score on quickly and then maintain con- dition easily through their ''dry'' period. The most influential factor on the length of time it takes a cow to re- cycle after calving is body condition score at calving. For more than 60 years the Landfall Angus herd has been run with one underlying breeding objec- tive: to help increase the profitability of breeders us- ing Landfall genetics. The Landfall herd con- sists of about 800 performance-recorded fe- males that are run under commercial conditions to ensure Landfall genetics perform in the natural environments of Australia. Replacements are selected on being highly fertile, structurally sound with good confir- mation and of a quiet temperament. Landfall is a family business with a direct focus on the needs and success of our clients. We work closely with our clients to ensure that we are delivering the best service possible. We endeavour to supply our clients with high-quality Angus gen- etics that are fertile, structurally sound, easy- doing and low-main- tenance, without com- promising the import- ance of growth and carcass performance. Landfall Angus will hold its annual spring sale at 2pm on April 16 at its East Tamar property. For more details contact the Archer family, phone 0417 506 163, or go to www.landfall.com.au Good health equals An analysis of 86,000 feedlot cattle has revealed straight bred Angus and high percentage Angus stay healthier and are therefore more profitable than other cattle. NEW evidence from Iowa and Kansas in the US sheds light on why high- percentage Angus cattle beat crossbreds in pro- fitability; they tend to stay healthier, which may al- low them to better realise their full potential. An analysis of data on more than 30,000 head of cattle fed through Iowas Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity documents the de- crease in health problems as percentage of Angus breeding increases. Records from cattle placed on feed from 2002 to 2009 were sorted into four groups based on sire and dam information: low- percentage Angus, half, three-quarters and straight bred. The results are clear, says Larry Corah, Certi- fied Angus Beef vice presi- dent. With the highest Angus influence, health problems are the lowest. That's excit- ing, because health can make or break pro- fitability. Corah presented the re- search at animal science meetings earlier this year. Morbidity, or sickness, was 16 per cent for straight bred cattle, but increased to 21.7 per cent for those with the lowest amount of Angus genetics. That compares with an average of 17 per cent to 18 per cent pulls (cattle re- moved to treatment pens) across all cattle in the program, says Darrell Busby, TCSCF manager. ''You would notice that decrease significantly in your bottom line because you'd have less drug costs, higher gaining cattle and higher quality grade,'' he says. ''That's not even count- ing the labor savings.'' The group with the least Angus influence racked up an additional $US2.12 in treatment cost, at $US7.72 per head, compared to the $US5.60 price tag for the straight breds in the nine- feedlot system. Busby says the effects are magnified when con- sidering hidden expenses. ''Every $US1 that we spend on drug treatment actually costs us $US1.29 in total when you account for all lost performance, qual- ity grade and death loss,'' he says. Decatur County Feed Yard at Oberlin, Kansas, tracked health on more than 56,000 cattle fed from 2003 to 2009. Analysis re- sults mirror those in TCSCF report. Pens with solely Angus genetics averaged $US2.88 in treatment costs, com- pared to $US3.77 for predo- minately Angus cross- breds and $US4.44 for other cattle. ''Any time you get some health problems, it defi- nitely affects performance and carcass,'' says Dan Dorn, the feedyard's supply development man- ager. ''It sets them back when an animal is sick.'' That could help explain why the solely Angus cat- tle gained better, 1.60 kg Advertising feature Angus bull sales System places real value on breeding traits PERFORMANCE records collected by Angus breeders are analysed through Angus Group Breedplan. This system uses all the available pedigree and per- formance information from each herd to calculate Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for each recorded animal. These EBVs are the best estimates of an animals genetic merit for the traits analysed. In the calcu- lation of EBVs, the per- formance of individual ani- mals within each herd, or contemporary group, is compared to the average performance of others in that herd, of the same age, run under the same con- ditions and treated equal- ly.With the extensive use of AI and the trading of per- formance recorded breed- ing stock among Angus herds, a network of pedi- gree links has been estab- lished enabling the adjust- ment for environmental differences between herds, years and management groups. This allows comparisons between animals from totally different environ- ments, even between Aust- ralia and New Zealand. EBVs are expressed in the units of measurement for each particular trait, and are shown as +ive or -ive differences from the breed base. For example, a bull with an EBV of +75 for 600-day weight is estimated to be genetically 75kg heavier than the breed base of zero. Since the zero breed base is set to a historical bench- mark, the average growth EBVs of animals in each year drop has changed over time as a result of genetic change within the breed. I S I S Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 2.30 pm Viewing from 12.30 pm Lunch and refreshments provided Dimity Hirst Ph: 0408 506 103 Roberts . . . Tim Woodham Ph: 0418 323 425 Elders . . . Greg Harris Ph: 0409 799 960 Entally Forest Cnr Illawarra Road & Bass Highway, Longford (Entry from Illawarra Road) 2040360-100820 2014450-100903 Spring Bull Sale 2010 On Property September 16th At 11am 2 Year Old HBR Angus Bulls Ready For Work AM and NH Free / Excellent Structure And Temperament EBV s Available / Low Birth Weight Over 50 Years Experience Breeding Stud Angus Cattle For a catalogue or prior inspection please contact us on Max 0428973348 Derryn 0438348045 260 Liffey RD Bishopsbourne Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Roberts: Tim Woodham: 0418 323 425 - Jock Gibson: 0418 133 595
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