Performance recording is a tool available to all
breeders to help you with your management decisions and better
marketing of your stock for sale.
Recorded data is becoming increasingly
important to purchasers of cattle at the bull sales and private
How do EBVs help in the selection of bulls
they take into account the performance of the bull’s
relatives as well as its own performance.
they allow you to compare
bulls on the basis of how they will breed (breeding value) rather
than how well they have been fed.
they can be used to accurately
estimate progeny performance for specific traits and to predict
the outcome of breeding programmes.
they identify genetic differences
for “hard to see” traits
such as milk and marbling.
they report differences in units of commercial value eg.
carcase weight, retail beef yield.
Pedigree and commercial breeders
are placing increasing
importance on EBVs when making buying decisions. While
they still place importance on the look of the animal, they
are realising that they require the back up of the
This trend is shown in the analysis of the
sale prices at Perth February 2008
|Top 10% Index 24 or above
|| 7 (13%)
|Average to top 15% Index 18 - 23
|Below Average Index or
|| 9 (30%)
The cost of performance recording is still very
£125 which includes the first 5 breeding cows, thereafter
£3 per cow. Scanning is around £150 per visit which
includes up to 25 animals (contact the scanner for a quote).
British Simmental Cattle Society will refund £75 on your
first scanning cost providing a minimum of 3 animals are
scanned, a check weight and scrotal measurement is taken.
can see from the difference in the sale averages above, can you
afford not to record? What do I need to do?
Record all young stock,
both bulls and heifers (the good,
bad and indifferent). Weight record at birth, weaning and yearling.
(200 and 400 days) Scan at 12 to 15 months.
How to get started with
A.B.R.I. Breedplan – Contact
the Simmental Society office on Tel: 02476 696513 or
Contact Pedigree Cattle Services, Pedigree House, 6 Kings
Place, Perth PH2 8AD - Tel: 01738 622478 Email email@example.com