Have a look at the records first and select those animals which have the breeding values you require. Then go and look at the bulls. Breeders making good genetic progress will have high culling levels and should generally only have good sound bulls available for sale. Unless one of your chosen bulls has . . . → Read More: Criteria for Choosing Beef Bulls
Choosing bulls is the most important breeding decision you make becasuse the sire contributes about 80% of the potential genetic improvement to a herd. What this means in practice is that the really key decision is which bull breeder you choose. You must identify a breeder who is making regular genetic progress in the . . . → Read More: Selecting Beef Bulls
Weighing can be used to make selection/ culling decisions on unrecorded herds.The regular weighing of live animals is vital to increased productivity and farm profitability. Well informed management decisions come from animal weight data that is easily obtained and accurate.
Prepare a pre-numbered check list which has a space . . . → Read More: Systems for Recording Liveweight of Cattle
Profitable cattle are those which produce the greatest weight of saleable meat in the shortest time. The only way to directly measure this performance trait in live animals is to weigh them at intervals and compare results for different animals. Considerable progress has been made in developing instruments to indirectly assess lean meat percentage . . . → Read More: Scales for Liveweights of Cattle
Mark’s Farm Tips provide useful farming advice to help take your farm to its full potential — from Sota’s Agronomist & Farming Guru, Mark Crakanthorp.
A good trough is nearly as good an investment as a Sota Kubota! And, just as you would invest time and research into getting the best tractor for your . . . → Read More: Trough Times For Bovine Vandals.