Livestock Management ­ About ­ Futurity Shorthorns

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Livestock Management

The cattle are managed in a way to promote a working life. They are run in large mobs under similar conditions. Any animals that are not up to standard or productive are then culled. The calves are yard weaned and subject to controlled pressure. If temperament is an issue they are culled no matter how good they may be.

Temperament scoring weaners

Selecting cattle for improved temperament has multiple benefits for beef production and animal performance. Good temperament is associated with improved meat quality, feedlot performance, ease of transport and improvements in some reproductive traits.

FAST FACTS
• There are many production benefits from breeding cattle with good temperament
• Temperament is heritable, so genetic progress is achievable
• BREEDPLAN Docility EBVs are the preferred selection tool to genetically improve temperament in cattle

Temperament EBV fact sheet

 

Kids and CalvesRiley and Jessica (The Catts Kids) help out in the yards and with mustering so temperament is of great importance. Controlled pressure is also used in the paddock with the use of dogs and horses.

 

The sale bulls are managed in a way that gives buyers the confidence that they are comparing apples with apples. They are run in one large contemporary group and graze on forage crops of oats in winter and sorghum or lucern in summer. The sale bulls have all been tested negative to and vaccinated against Bovine Pestivirus also vaccinated with Vibrio and 7 in 1.