When making your breeding decisions this year, you need to be doing so with the aim of having the best progeny possible entering your herd in three years time.
Three easy steps can help you maximise the benefits you will gain from your second biggest farm asset:
1. The cows you breed from: Good culling decisions this autumn will ensure you have the best group of cows to breed from this coming spring
2. The bulls you use: Genetic gain contributes up to 60% of the productivity gains we see on farm. A single cow may only leave behind one offspring in her lifetime, but a bull could potentially leave dozens on your farm. Your yearly bull selections have the ability to have the biggest impact on future years’ revenue
3. The calves you rear: Always make sure you breed enough replacements to give yourself selection discretion; this is the perfect way to leverage your herd asset