Beef Week visitors will have the opportunity to preview Te Mania Angus’ largest ever sale offering, of 180 bulls, on Friday, February 2nd.
The bulls will be yarded and available to walk through, without the pressure of sale day. It is particularly ideal for AuctionsPlus users.
Selecting the right genetics for your herd, and its profitability, has never been more important than in the current market where high quality Angus cattle continue to attract premium prices.
These bulls have undergone latest “Single Step” genetic evaluation, incorporating genomic, or DNA, information into the calculation of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).
Through performance testing, submitting data, and its analysis, Te Mania Angus is able to provide the highest level of information to buyers.
Tom Gubbins, co-principal at Te Mania Angus said “’Single Step’ improves the accuracy of EBV’s and spreads out the range of EBVs, widening the bell curve. More extreme, high performing animals at the ends of the bell curve are highlighted, and their numbers are more likely to remain constant.”
“This gives beef producers, and Te Mania Angus, the opportunity to accelerate genetic gain even further, because the predictions of how progeny will perform (EBVs) will be closer to what we see on the ground”.
The bulls offered in the March 7th bull sale, have data recorded for Gestation Length, Calving Ease, Birth Weight, 200D Weight, 400D Weight and Scrotal Size. Scanning data has been submitted for Rib and Rump Fat, Eye Muscle Area and Intra Muscular Fat.
The same applies for structure, where front feet, rear feet and legs are assessed and submitted to Breedplan to create EBVs, which calculate values based on the animal and its relatives.
Most recently the entire drop has been genomically tested, using Single Step analytical software which combines the pedigree, performance and genomic information in one single process.
The depth of the data collection of Te Mania cattle extends through Team Te Mania Progeny Test herds, where data collected on farm, in feedlots, and from processors is submitted to the same Breedplan data base for analysis.
The gates open at 9am on Friday, February 2nd, for interested breeders to visit Te Mania Angus, Reichmans Lane, Mortlake. Tom Gubbins and Hamish McFarlane welcome your questions about the breeding program, selecting the right bull for your herd, EBVs and Breeding Indexes. Tours of the property and cattle yards will be offered.