THE YARDS are where technology is taking AI in large-scale beef cattle herds to new levels of breeding efficiency.
In 2018 Te Mania Angus has 2000 cows in its stud herd and 70 per cent of those will conceive through AI using FTAI (Fixed Time Artificial Insemination) and 20 per cent by ET.
On November 5 Te Mania Angus invites you to a working day ‘In the Yards’ at its Reichmans Lane, Mortlake, headquarters from 11am to 2pm.
This interactive demonstration of the latest in AI and cattle yard technology will incorporate cutting-edge efficiencies.
Te Mania Angus directors Tom Gubbins and Hamish McFarlane will explain how the combined use of FTAI and ET matches each female to a specific sire to achieve maximum genetic impact of the progeny.
The stud demands a tight calving pattern, providing streamlined management groups for growing out and assessing the progeny.
Te Mania Angus has been using FTAI technology in its breeding herd since 2014, simplifying the joining program of 2000 herd book registered females.
This also allows Te Mania Angus clients to view and compare sale cattle within a tight age bracket, and it equips the stud to more accurately compare contemporary groups.
Te Mania Angus globally sources bulls that stand out among tens of thousands of peers.
Those genetics are then analysed alongside our homebred sires that have already been extensively progeny tested in commercial herds.
During the working day Ian Moreland will demonstrate, and be available to discuss, FTAI.
There are many factors which influence the success of an AI program.
Obviously semen quality is critical but animal handling, even temperature, can have a profound effect.
Heifers should ideally be 60-65 per cent of mature weight at joining (340+ kg) and have already reached puberty and be cycling regularly.
Tom said spike feeding of heifers 60 days and (preferably) 90 days before joining can improve conception rates.
He said cows should be managed so they calve in good body condition and be placed on a rising plane of nutrition post calving.
Cattle will pass through the fully automated Clipex crush, which teamed with a panel reader and KoolCollect computer software, adds further efficiencies to the yard management.
Everyone is welcome and we look forward to questions and conversations about AI programs and maximising joining results, including cow management and bull management, and the latest research being carried out at Te Mania Angus.
The key to fast-track genetic gain is data, data and more data matched with animals produced with stringent conformation and structure to create the complete package – enabling us to bend the growth curve.
Time: Monday, November 5th, 11am to 2pm
Venue: Te Mania Angus cattle yards, Reichmans Lane, Mortlake.
Enquiries and bookings: Email [email protected]
Further details: Hamish McFarlane on 0427 641 606 or Tom Gubbins on 0429 952 197.