Breedplan colour 355x355pxThe Blonde d’Aquitaine breed is involved with the internationally acclaimed BREEDPLAN beef cattle genetic evaluation system which is now used in ten countries.

    It covers a wide range of traits including birth weight, calving ease, growth, milking ability, fertility and carcass information.

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    Included in the calculation of EBVs are the animal’s own performance, the performance of known relatives, the heritability of each trait and the relationship between the different traits ie. a world class genetic evaluation model, combining all traits in one analysis.

    All breeds of beef cattle in Australia use BREEDPLAN. For most, the BREEDPLAN genetic evaluation system has been integrated with the respective breed association’s pedigree system. Substantial genetic improvement for traits of commercial importance have been demonstrated.

    To increase their “Completeness of Performance” rating, Breedplan gives stud breeders an independent tool to assist them in selection of highly desirable traits. Stud stock purchasers and bull buyers can select stock with measurable traits generated by an independent agent (ABRI) eg low birth weights, high milk etc. based on data recorded.

     The Blonde breed receives BREEDPLAN Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for the following traits:

    • Gestation length
    • Birth weight
    • 200, 400 and 600-day weight
    • Mature cow weight
    • 200-day milk
    • Scrotal size
    • Carcass weight
    • Eye muscle area
    • Rib fat
    • Rump fat
    • Retail beef yield
    • Intra-muscular fat


    Breeders are also recording and submitting data for docility scoring, net feed intake and other traits, that will be able to be used to calculate EBV's for those traits in the future. They are also able to submit DNA test results which may assist in the development of marker assisted EBV's.

    Breedplan Enquiries

    For more information contact:

    Catriona Millen

    Phone: 02 6773 3357
    mobile: 0409 102 644




    Blonde d'Aquitaine Society of Australia & New Zealand Inc.

    Agricultural Business Research Institute

    University of New England

    Executive Officer: John Thomas

    Armidale NSW 2351, Australia 

    Phone: +61 2 6773 3126

    Fax: +61 2 6772 1943

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