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Fulfilling market requirements can be achieved through the use of Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) and genomic technology.
Their focus was on cattle with superior Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for calving ease and milk, combined with good 200- and 400-Day Weight EBVs.
The breed's genetic trends for performance traits have consistently risen since 2000 with a 34% rise in eye muscle area Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) and 38% rise in 400-day weight EBV respectively.
John Sinnett, who won this year's interbreed reserve title at the Royal Welsh with a Suffolk yearling ewe, believes Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are only a part of the picture.
For the first time, the booklet also has a focus on the use of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) which provide an objective way of assessing the genetic potential of animals.
The RDP-funded scheme provides 50% vouchers - up to pounds 500 - to buy semen from bulls with high Estimated Breeding Values (EBV).
With the assumption of normality for random effects for breeding values and residuals, the estimated breeding values can be obtained using selection index equations such as a = cov(a,y)/var(y) y.
Sarah Hurley says: "We recognise the value of bulls with reliable estimated breeding values (EBVs) and our Simmental and Limousin sires have beef values within the top 10% of their respective breeds.