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Searching for animals - Angus.Tech

August 21, 2021

The performance data and pedigree of our registered AngusPRO animals has been transferred, and is live on Angus.Tech.

Angus.Tech includes a range of software tools and technologies that have been developed by Angus Australia for the utilisation of Angus Australia members (AngusPRO) and their clients.

It's important to note that when using Angus.Tech, NZE needs to be added to the beginning of the animal's breed society identification number when searching.  Alternatively you can search for an animal by name, e.g Storth Oaks Q9.

To access the full benefits of Angus.Tech, users are encouraged to sign in as a registered user. We can't stress enough, the benefits for searching once you're a registered user so please ensure you do this - it's very easy and takes half a minute.  To become a registered user simply CLICK HERE

To dive straight into the Animal Search area CLICK HERE

For the AngusPRO sale catalogues hosted by Angus SaleSELECT CLICK HERE

If you have any trouble accessing Angus.Tech or finding animals please simply reply to this email and we can put you in touch with the team at Angus Australia so they can assist you as soon as possible.  We appreciate how important the animal search area is for the bull selection process!

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EDUCATION: Using the Angus Database Search

August 21, 2021

The Angus Database Search enables Angus breeders to search Angus Australia’s comprehensive animal database.

Using the Angus Database Search facility, Angus breeders can access information for any individual animal recorded with Angus Australia, or once signed in as a registered user, can search and sort the Angus Australia database for animals that meet selection criteria of interest.

This module will be looking in depth at some of the things that you need to consider when using the Angus Database Search facility. These topics include:

  • Signing on

  • Searching for an animal by Name or ID

  • Saving and Sorting searches

  • Understanding your search results

  • Customising your display

  • Printing search results

AngusPRO Index (PRO)
August 21, 2021

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The AngusPRO index (PRO) estimates the genetic differences between animals in net profitability per cow joined in a commercial self replacing herd based in New Zealand that targets the production of grass finished steers for the AngusPure programme.

Daughters are retained for breeding and therefore female traits are of importance.

Steers are assumed marketed at approximately 530 kg live weight (290 kg carcase weight with 10 mm P8 fat depth) at 20 months of age, with a significant premium for steers that exhibit superior marbling.

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Next Generation Selection with RBVs

August 21, 2021

Angus Australia currently publishes 4 Research Breeding Values.  These are Mature Cow Height (MCH), Mature Cow Body Condition (MBC), Coat Type (CT) and ImmuneDEX.  AngusPRO members have exclusive use of these RBVs here in New Zealand, giving their clients access to additional data during the bull selection process.

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Speaking at the Autumn 2021 Angus CONNECT R&D Update, Angus Australia’s Breed Development & Extension Manager, Mr Andrew Byrne said the availability of the research breeding values were the outcome of collaborative research projects that were in place between Angus Australia and both the University of New England (UNE), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Need a refresher?

The AngusPRO Education feed is loaded with valuable information to assist with bull selection and other aspects of your Angus farming operation.

Understanding EBVs and Selection Indexes

The TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation (TACE) is the genetic evaluation program adopted by Angus Australia for Angus and Angus influenced beef cattle. TACE uses Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP) technology to produce Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) of recorded cattle for a range of important production traits (e.g. weight, carcase, fertility).

Comparing the genetics of two animals

TACE EBVs can be used to estimate the expected difference in the genetics of two animals, with the expected difference equating to half the difference in the EBVs of the animals, all other things being equal (e.g. they are joined to the same animal/s).

For example, a bull with an IMF EBV of +3.0 would be expected to produce progeny with on average, 1% more intramuscular fat in a 400 kg carcase than a bull with a IMF EBV of +1.0 (i.e. 2% difference between the sire’s EBVs, then halved as the sire only contributes half the genetics).

EBVs describe the difference, not the actual.

EBVs describe the difference, not the actual

Introducing the 'EBVs describe the difference, not the actual' series, the video explore two of the main reasons why the physical performance of an animal cannot be used to validate their EBVs.​

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Lessons from the ASBP: EBVs reliably predict progeny

The Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP) has demonstrated that there is great potential to achieve genetic improvement in Angus breeding programs by utilising selections tools, such as EBVs and Selection Indexes.

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