The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are seeking bull nominations for the second year of the Southern Multi-breed Project. The Southern Multi-Breed Project is a collaborative project between NSW DPI, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) and the University of New England (UNE).
The objective of the Southern Multi-Breed Project is to underpin development of multi-breed Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) by evaluating several breeds (Hereford, Wagyu, Shorthorn, Charolais, Angus and Brahman) side by side across 5 locations in NSW over the course of 5 years. Heifer progeny will be assessed for several fertility traits and joined naturally, while steers will be feedlot finished with feed efficiency and carcase records collected. For the second year of the project we are seeking to source semen straws from registered bulls, with AI beginning in September 2020. The progeny of these bulls will add to the base population for the remainder of the project.
The first round of joinings were conducted during the second half of 2019 with approximately 1300 females participating in the AI program and approximately 1600 females in total exposed to back-up bulls. The project has purchased approximately 100 PTIC females since December 2019 with approximately another 70-100 heifers to enter the joining program in 2020.
Successful applicants will need to provide 35 straws to be utilised by the AI technician for the second round of AI. Two (2) of these semen straws are required for genotyping.
Criteria for sire selection
Bulls will be chosen based on the following:
If you require any further information regarding semen collection, storage or shipment please contact Margaret Shedden, Castlereagh Artificial Breeders.
PH: 0408 498 922, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require any further information or wish to discuss the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Operations Manager, Jason Siddell.
PH: 0459 162 295, email: email@example.com