BEEF PROGRESS: Scientist John Bertram analyses a semen sample. He praises the Gyranda property for ’practical application of world class leading science’.
BEEF PROGRESS: Scientist John Bertram analyses a semen sample. He praises the Gyranda property for ’practical application of world class leading science’. Contributed

Exciting breeding news

ONE of Australia's leading herds, Gyranda Santa Gertrudis Stud will hold its open day to coincide with a visit from the Post Santa Gertudis 8th World Congress Bus Tour, on August 15.

An exciting program is being put together, including Dr P.A. Rickards as the key speaker.

Dr Rickards is the founding director of the Agricultural Business Research Institute at the New England University, in Armidale.

He acts as a business development consultant to the beef industry. His address on "Where the beef breeding industry is heading internationally" is not to be missed.

 Gyranda has been involved in years of research with the University of Queensland to focus the world renowned research of "Premating measures to predict bull fertility".

Additional technology advances have been taken on by including Breedplan genetic differences, to more accurately predict the performance of various essential production traits.

Gyranda is a collaborative partner, with three other santa gertrudis studs, in polled genetics research projects. This involves testing the hair or semen to give an accurate prediction of the percentage of polled as against scurred or horned calves one can expect when mated with polled/horned cows.

This is seen as an enormous step forward. For those wanting to fast-track the process of achieving a significantly greater percentage of polled cattle, this is the technology we have all been waiting for, in addition to the other new genomic tests.

Beef management and production adviser for Tropical Breed Technical Services and the UQ Veterinary School John Bertram said Gyranda set a great example for other breeders.

"Gyranda herd is an excellent example of the practical application of world class leading science being practically applied for the long term improvement of Santa Gertrudis cattle."



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