Saturday, October 22, 2011

Brangus and Brangus Cattle Genetics Breeders

The Brangus breed was developed in the United States. Registered Brangus, a composite breed, consists of 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus. Brangus cattle are black in color and are polled. The Brangus breed has combined many of the most desirable traits of the Brahman and Angus breeds. Some of these traits include hardiness, heat tolerance, muscularity, early maturity, and production of quality beef.

Brangus cattle Breedplan is a modern genetic evaluation system for livestock breeders. It is applied by ABRI to the cattle industries in many countries but it can be customised for other species. BREEDPLAN offers you the potential to accelerate genetic progress in your herd, tighten up your breeding operations, improve productivity and increase the prices of your livestock. It can put a lot more cash in your pocket. Breedplan uses the world's most advanced genetic evaluation system (ie. an "animal model" which incorporates multi-trait analysis procedures) to produce Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) of recorded cattle for a range of traits (eg. fertility, weight, carcase).

Brangus Cattle

Brangus Breedplan is integrated with the pedigree systems of many breeds. With the increasing use of artificial insemination, most herds within a breed have genetic links with other herds. BREEDPLAN technology can be used at a number of levels eg. within-herd analyses for individual breeders, across-herd analyses for members of a breed association or breeding group and international genetic evaluations where breed associations from a number of countries pool their data for analysis. Brangus Breedplan is the national beef recording scheme in Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, Thailand and the Philippines. Its use is increasing in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Hungary, South America, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Red Brangus
At ABS, we recognize the value of the Brangus breed in challenging environments. In the hot, humid areas of the Southeastern tier of the U.S. Brangus cattle are able to maintain/improve performance and fertility. In more arid climates in the Southwest and Western states, Brangus cattle have the ability to travel, forage and survive on the toughest ranges. Not limited to these areas, Brangus cattle are found from border to border and coast to coast. In areas where breeders have utilized English breeds for several generations, there is often a need to interject heterosis through planned crossbreeding.

Brangus initiative is to supply environmentally adapted genetics for both registered and commercial cattlemen across the U.S. and the world. Over the past several years, we have built a Brangus lineup that combines some of the breed’s most proven cow families with performance oriented and calving ease genetics. Brangus cattle are 5/8 Angus and 3/8 Brahman. Angus genetics provide maternal and carcass value while Brahman
genetics add environmental adaptability and insect resistance. Over the past ten years, seedstock Brangus breeders have methodically and selectively added muscle and intramuscular fat while moderating mature size and cleaning sheath designs. Today’s progressive Brangus genetics have the ability to exceed the needs of producers in a wide array of environments while meeting feedlot and packer challenges.

Brangus Bull
Brangus cattle can do this without losing maternal or carcass value. At the same time, Brangus genetics can be combined in an Exotic rotational system to provide this same maternal advantage. Longevity, “do ability” and foraging ability all come as additive advantages in each of these scenarios. As we began to build our Brangus lineup, we established criteria that most cattlemen can relate to. Beginning at the ground and working upward, all of the sires have been evaluated for correct feet, joints and skeletal design. We understand the environments the Brangus progeny will be expected to survive in, so soundness is of the utmost priority. Equally as important, are fertility, fleshing ability and docility. Once we have identified these traits in a bull, it has been important to recognize the value of his dam and sire’s progeny performance, correct maturity patterns and desirable sheaths.


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