Breedplan colour 355x355px"VARIATION  within a comtempory group  IS KEY TO  successful  EBVs".

    The Blonde d’Aquitaine breed is involved with the internationally acclaimed BREEDPLAN beef cattle genetic evaluation system which is now used in over 14 countries.

    It covers a wide range of traits including gestation length, calving ease, birth weight, growth, milking ability 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 program has been integrated with the respective breed association’s pedigree system. Substantial genetic improvement for traits of commercial importance have been demonstrated within each breed.

    A higher “Completeness of Performance” rating from Breedplan gives stud breeders more confidence in the selection of highly desirable traits. Stud stock purchasers can select animals with measurable traits generated by an independent program such, as low birth weights, high growth, high milk, from raw 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

    Breedplan is also recording data for other traits such as: .

    • Calving ease
    • Docility scoring
    • Flight time
    • Net feed intake
    • Structural scores
    • Days to calving   

    The raw data that members are sending in to Breedplan will help to build a database that can be used to calculate EBV's for those traits in the future. Seed stock producers 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



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    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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