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Increased use of Australian Genetics
For the last 15 to 20 years Australian Angus seedstock breeders have relied heavily on semen imported from the USA to make genetic progress. In 2002-03 the Australian cattle industry was reported to be importing more than 10 times the amount of genetic material it was exporting.
The Young Sire Program (YSP) initiated by Angus Australia was an attempt to raise the profile of Australian bred Angus bulls and to increase their domestic usage, giving rise to high accuracy sires that could improve genetic progress and enhance export opportunities. Following three years of operation, the program (which was financially supported by MLA, Angus Australia (AA) and Angus seedstock breeders), has been rated a success by respondents to a survey of the AA membership. Sixteen young bulls have been proven through the insemination of around 3000 performance recorded females and analysis of their progeny by Angus Group Breedplan. The usage of Australian bred Angus bulls has increased, export of Angus semen has increased and genetic progress has been enhanced.
This page was last updated on 24/07/2017
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