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RECORDKEEPING & SELECTION
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Recording for Profitability

  • Although we resigned from the society and deregistered our Borans we have continued keeping all records on Bengu farms computer program and continued with performance testing.

  • Full mating, birth recordings and pedigrees are still diligently kept of all Borans

  • With our Borans as with our sheep we concentrate on breeding the best borans at an affordable price for the commercial farmers under total extensive conditions.

  • WHEN SELECTING OUR BULLS TO USE THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DAMS IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE BECAUSE WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT TO PRODUCE THE MOST MEAT YOU NEED BULLS THAT PRODUCE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE DAUGHTERS AND NOT BULLS THAT CARRY THE MOST MEAT.

  • We do not record and Performance test our animals because we have to, but because we are absolutely passionate about breeding the most profitable cattle.

Selection to achieve the following is carefully assessed

  • Heifers must calve before 3 years.

  • All cows must calve naturally each year

  • Weight 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 different bulls we have used. Bulls having given a problem were removed as they negatively affect profitability due to loss of calves and more management costs having to continually monitor the cows.

  • The mothers weight is also recorded at birth as we select for mothers that don’t lose too much weight between birth and wean as these are the ones usually not conceiving to calve the next year.

  • At seven months (205 days) the calf and mother are again weighed. This is done to determine the efficiency of the cow’s production. By selecting for this trait, we prevent our cows from ever becoming too big.

  • We believe too much milk and to little milk are both a problem. The first causing cows to lose too 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 assess the cows with just the correct balance as they are always the most profitable. The form and attachment of the udder and the size of the teats is also very important to us

 
 

     

Clynton Collett

082 463 5936

crc@collettgroup.com  

 

 

Mario du Preez

081 489 0198

mario@superiorgenetics.co.za

 

 

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