The delta wagyu BREEDPLAN is an advanced genetic evaluation system, providing a genetic explanation for a comprehensive range of traits influencing fertility, growth marbling and carcase performance.
This provides Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), predictions of the genetic merit of individual animal and assist in the selection purchase of breeding stock. EBVs are now accepted by most beef producers as an essential tool in the breeding and marketing of seedstock.
EBVs are based on all available pedigree and performance records provided by breeders in Australia and New Zealand, along with available overseas genetic information. EBVs provide the best means for comparison of the relative genetic merit of animals across the breed for those traits included in the analysis. However visual assessments and pedigree knowledge, is still necessary for those characteristics not adequately described by EBVs.
Both research and our industry experience have shown that more rapid genetic gains can be achieved in herds which make use of EBVs in selection decisions. In the calculation of EBVs all available pedigree and performance information on each animal and its relatives is combined to provide a single best estimate of an individual's genetic merit for each of the desired traits. In conjunction with this, allowances are also made for environmental differences between properties, seasonal variability, and differences in heritabilities and genetics associations between traits.
The analyses of the wagyu pedigree and performance database to generate GROUP BREEDPLAN EBVs is conducted by the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI), using software developed by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, a joint institute of NSW Agriculture and the University of New England. Ongoing BREEDPLAN research and development is supported by Meat and Livestock Australia
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