By Dr Vicki Burggraaf, AgResearch scientist.
Seventy percent of New Zealand’s beef production originates from the dairy industry, yet despite this, few dairy farms use beef bulls of known genetics.
The five year Beef + Lamb New Zealand Dairy Beef Integration Programme is looking at the impact of using good beef genetics in a dairy beef supply chain and early results is showing clear advantage with the use of better beef genetics for dairy beef and a win-win opportunity for both dairy and beef farmers.
The use of beef sires with high estimated breeding values for calving ease, growth and carcass characteristics on dairy farms is not commonplace, but will produce surplus calves of higher value to dairy farmers, beef finishers and beef processors.
Using better beef genetics this mating season: How it may benefit you and how to achieve it.
Review your mating strategy:
Assess the opportunity:
Using better bulls for natural mating:
Using beef semen: