RESEARCH INTO RATES OF GENETIC PROGRESS FOR FEMALE REPRODUCTION

Dr Matt Wolcott of the University of New England’s Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, addressed the Team Te Mania forum at Warrnambool recently about research into the age of puberty in southern Angus and Hereford herds.  Te Mania Angus is part of the research project which aims to collect ovarian scanning data in females, over two and a half, to three years.  Dr Wolcott said “scanning for ovarian function is giving us accurate information about age at puberty, and the resulting trait is significantly more heritable than Days to Calving”.

The study also looks at cow size and body composition, how they are able to maintain themselves, through pregnancy and lactation.  Full report by Andrew Miller, Stock and Land

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