Recording for Profitability
sheep studs made a name for
themselves not only in South
Africa but also overseas,
because we donít only try to
breed good looking animals, but
all our efforts on breeding the most profitable
animals. We are doing the same
with our Borans.
do not record and Performance
test our animals because we have
to, but because we are
absolutely passionate about
breeding the most profitable
recording is done on the Beefpro
program and the analyzed date
intensely studied so as to make
the correct decision on
selection for our own breeding.
Selection to achieve the
following is carefully assessed
must calve before 3 years but
preferably at 2 Ĺ years.
cows must calve naturally each
of the calf at birth has become
very important to us as some
Boran bulls definitely have a
problem giving too big calves,
especially on the younger
heifers. There is
a big variation in the size of calf between the lots of
different bulls we have used.
Bulls having given a problem
will not be used in this stud
again as it negatively affects
profitability due to loss of calves and also more
management costs having to
continually monitor the cows. We
believe a lot can be done to
solve the problem amongst
certain of the Borans but only if Breeders stop denying
the fact, record birth weights
and select accordingly.
mothers weight is also recorded
at birth as we select for
mothers that donít lose to much
weight between birth and wean as
these are the ones usually not
conceiving to calve the next year.
seven months (205 days) the calf
and mother are again weighed.
This is done to determine the
efficiency of the cows
production. By selecting for
this trait we prevent
our cows from ever becoming to big. At present our
average is 53,4%, well above the
and bulls are again weighed at
18 months as we are selecting
for early maturing bulls and
heifers. A good bull must be
spotted at 2 years and not only
at 3 or 4
years as some breeders believe.
believe to much milk and to
little milk are both a problem.
The first causing cows to lose
to much body weight and then
failing to conceive, especially
when they start
getting older and the second to insufficient growth of
calf. With all the above data we
can carefully asses the cows
with just the correct balance as
they are always the most
approach to breeding Borans has
always been long term success,
rather than short term money
making. Y not flushing and doing
as much as possible in the
way commercial farmers, breed cattle for profitability.
We hope to be amongst the first
Boran breeders to have accurate
BLUP values. Again we will then
go to great
lengths to analyze the maternal values and the terminal
values in such a manner that all
trends have a upward curve
because everything is being
selected for in balance.
gene testing reaches a stage
where we can confidently use it
for selection purposes we again
hope to be ahead of the other
breeders because of the good
have gathered under the correct conditions.
are fully aware of the fact that
it is just as important to breed
good looking Borans as it is to
breed productive Borans. Because
of this we evaluate all our
according to phenotypical and use the remarks codes we
helped draw up for the Society.
WE also give them a linear score
for condition, general
retention in stud.
doing all of this we are again
getting the balance just right
and breeding not just pretty
cattle or productive cattle but
PRETTY PRODUCTIVE CATTLE.
Remarks & cull fault codes:
We have used remarks & cull
fault codes in our sheep studs
over many years. With the
introduction of our Borans we
have immediately introduced the
same record keeping procedure as
with our sheep stud.
We use these codes for any
remarks we want to make about an
animal/s. As the saying goes, ďa
short pencil is better than a
long memoryď. We record which
ever data about an animal this
way so that in the future if a
matter arises we can trace back
to see, does it come through the
generations or is it something
NB: It is important to note that
these codes are not just cull
codes, but for remarks of as
well as GOOD traits of animals.