Te Mania Angus Breeding Principles
“To provide leading livestock genetics to commercial herds which deliver profit.”
Our vision is to be an innovative organisation which regenerates livestock genetics, industry, people, community and environment, with truth and meaning.
We aim to leave the land and business in better condition for generations to come. We are committed to adopting best practices, always learning annd improving.
We produce sound, fertile cattle with high growth rates and excellent carcase and fertility attributes. Our genetics are selected using all the available traits.
Females who produce a live calf to weaning are retained in the breeding herd, ensuring fertility is self-correcting. The cows are required to get in calf and calve unassissted, with good mothering to ensure a high weaning percentage. If they are unable to be joined successfully at 15 months of age, they are not retained in the stud breeding herd..
We place great emphasis on bull fertility. Early research by Dr Mike Blockey 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 contributing to the yield of beef produced per hectare. Therefore scrotal size, days to calving and gestation length are vital selection traits.
We receive a constant flow of carcase feedback through Team Te Mania herds and the Angus Australia Progeny Testing program, 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. Te Mania Angus has placed emphasis on growth rate for many years, and is kept in check by maintaining a moderate Mature Cow Weight within the breeding herd.
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
The following is taken from Meat Livestock Australia, an interview with Professor Rob Banks, Director of the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit at the University of New England. “If you’re not aggressively accelerating the performance of your herd or flock by using better breeding values, you’re fighting a losing battle.” That’s the message from Professor Rob…Read more