Choosing bulls to breed for Better Returns

EBLEX Beef BRP Manual 1 on the issues to address when choosing a sire for a herd.

Year of Publication2007

This booklet, produced as part of the EBLEX Beef Better Returns Programme, aims to unravel some of the issues to address when choosing a sire for your herd – either for AI purposes or buying a bull.Topics covered include:- Drivers for herd profitability- Breeding for profitable production- Producing Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs)- Breeding for specific objectives- Growth rate- Carcase quality- Ease of calving- Maternal Performance- Breeding Indexes- Interpreting EBVs when buying a recorded bull- Selecting a bull for physical soundness

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