The Angus breed is constantly improving with Angus bulls for sale this year delivering genetics that are, on average, $3.54 per cow mated more profitable than last year. Capitalising on this and making sure your herd continues to benefit from the great work seedstock breeders are doing is not always simple.
It is important that the selection of any bull not only meets the needs of the business, but complements the current herd and bull team. The impact of getting this wrong can take decades to resolve and mean the performance and profitability of the herd may be compromised.
Bull selection draws in a huge number of factors and ensuring you are prepared when selecting a bull, not only requires proper planning and research beforehand, but also relies on a keen eye at the point of sale. The “Selecting Bulls” module in the Angus Education Centre breaks down bull selection into eight areas of consideration, which can be used as a checklist when selecting a bull. This checklist includes:
Bulls have a significant impact on the performance of a breeding program, as most will sire over a hundred offspring in their lifetime and contribute genetics to the future generation of cows. The process for ensure any bull selection adds value to your herd doesn’t have to onerous, but does need appropriate time and planning put in.
For further information on any of the areas covered visit the Angus Education Centre and complete the “Selecting bulls” module. CLICK HERE