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Angus Commercial Beef Production.
An alliance between the Te Mania Angus stud in Victoria and a group of commercial beef breeders redefined genetic improvement for the production of high-value beef. The vertically integrated breeding program included the supply of elite genetics at discount prices to commercial members, with carcase and management feedback directing the breeding program of the stud. Coordinated marketing of slaughter progeny adds another dimension to the program. A consistent line of cattle is marketed to lot feeders and processors. Carcase data is then used in genetic evaluations.
The idea of the alliance - Team Te Mania - is to maintain the "correct direction" in genetic improvement through a close association with commercial breeders and other sectors of the beef production chain. This ensures feedback on the suitability of the genetics for commercial production. The alliance also provided a framework for progeny testing potential sires. The Producer Research Support project was started to refine the design of the alliance, develop feedback from lot feeders and processors and establish a progeny test regime.
This page was last updated on 10/11/2014
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