Te Mania Angus Breeding Principles
Our aim is to produce sound, fertile cattle that have high growth rates, excellent carcase and fertility attributes. Our cattle must be able to perform for us and our clients and provide them with a premium price.
We select our breeding cattle using all the available traits, with some traits carrying more weight (influence) than others. At present a great deal of emphasis is being placed on the carcase traits, to always improve our product for the end consumer. We have received a great deal of carcase feedback through the CRC program and Team Te Mania, which allows us to more accurately join cows to bulls with the desired carcase attributes, such as high marbling, eye muscle area and retail beef yield.
The vital fertility traits are always being monitored and improved. Our policy is that only females that produce a live calf to weaning are retained, this assists in ensuring that fertility is self correcting. We only retain heifers that are joined at 15 months. It has always been our aim to produce cattle that get in calf easily and calve down well, with good mothering to ensure a very high weaning percentage. As the old saying goes, “a dead calf has a low growth rate”!
We place great emphasis in bull fertility. Early research carried out by Dr Mike Blockey in the 1960’s proved to us that large scrotal size bulls have a positive influence on cow herd fertility.
Fertility in a cow herd is one of the most important factors in contributing to the numbers of kgs of beef per hectare therefore the scrotal size plays an important role in increasing the profitability.
Te Mania Angus has for many years placed a great deal of emphasis upon growth rate, and has seen huge advances in that area. Our push for high growth over the years provided us with another great challenge of “bending the growth curve”. The deliberate manipulation of our herd to have high growth and moderate birth weight, provides us with animals that calve down easily and grow out well.
Artificial insemination is one of the best tools available today for a breeder wanting to increase the genetic merit and production of his herd. The cow herd must be on a rising place of nutrition for an artificial breeding program to be successful. Early Signs – Before the Female is in Standing Heat A small…Read more
Te Mania Angus cows are run in mobs of up to 600, in a cell grazing system. Running cows in a commercially economic environment places physical restrictions on the herd so uneconomic traits are quickly identified. The system acts as a filter to quickly identify any adverse genetics that may slip through the scrutiny of…Read more
At Te Mania Angus, the calves are weaned at five months of age. Early weaning has been introduced to enhance rumen function and to allow the females a better run through the Autumn and Winter. All calves are weighed and tagged with an NLIS tag and stud tag on the day they are born. They…Read more
The Te Mania Angus herd has been performance recorded with Breedplan, since its inception in Australia in 1971. Today, performance recording is the backbone of the breeding strategy and management program at Te Mania Angus. Te Mania Angus has dominated the breed’s EBVs for many years – with more than twice as many Angus Group Breedplan trait…Read more
Structural problems in cattle have a substantial effect on both the reproductive and growth performance of a beef herd. It is widely recognized that structural problems in sires have detrimental effects on conception rates, calving patterns and thus profitability. Similarly, females with inadequate structural characteristics are more prone to weaning lighter calves or conceiving later…Read more
7 in 1 Vaccination All calves at Te Mania Angus are vaccinated twice as weaners – in January and February – and are given their annual boosters in March. We recommend bulls be given a 7 in 1 vaccination annually, 2 to 4 weeks prior to joining. Vibriosis Vaccination Vibriosis is a common cause of infertility…Read more