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Selecting a bull to breed replacements

Selecting a bull to breed replacements There is plenty to consider when searching for a new stock bull; health status, if the animal is fit for purpose, fertility checks, historical management and feeding practices, and whether the animal fits the objectives you have for your herd. The most accurate and proven way of doing this for the last point is paying close attention to E ...

New Sussex Cattle Initiative

As part of a new initiative with Signet, the Sussex Cattle Society will fund the recording costs of any Society member that has paid their capitation fees; effectively removing the financial barrier that may have previously limited smaller herds from engaging in weight recording.
From 2021, data collection services for Sussex cattle will move entirely online. Extra data has been provided by the Society to support this work – including the provision of pedigree records for 1,500 stock bulls to strengthen the genetic evaluations and enhance Signet’s cutting edge, inbreeding software.

Cataloging Services for Beef Clients

As part of the developments associated with our new webpage listing cattle for sale, Signet clients can now generate their own sale catalogues. 

Beef Clients Get Access to Carcase Trait EBVs

A new web link on an animal's breeding report, now means beef producers can go directly to the AHDB National Beef Evaluation and see a series of new breeding values. The breeding values were created as part of the Carcase Traits project, which pulls together data from BCMS, Breed Societies and abattoirs to generate EBVs for traits like Carcase Weight, Conformation and Days to Slaughter.

Performance Recording during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This article provides advice to breeders on recording their stock in the absence of ultrasound scanning data. New services have been developed to help breeders to supply data and promote livestock that are for sale

Update: 20th May 2020 - Scanning to resume for clients within 125 miles of a Signet Technician.

Finding beef data online

In the last 12 months our online reporting services for bull buyers and Signet performance recording beef herds have been completely updated.

Simple results, that are available to everyone include

  • Cattle for Sale– lists bulls, cows and semen currently available for sale
  • Latest Breed Results– providing links to the Sire Summary, Promising Young Bull List and the Breed Benchmark

New Beef Manual: Choosing bulls for Better Returns

A new guide to Beef breeding has been compiled by Alex Brown (Beef Breeding Projects Manager) and Amy Hughes (Knowledge Exchange Manager) covering a wide range of subjects. This guide is a useful tool for anyone that is involved in beef breeding. The guide highlights the importance of breeding in any beef production system and how to select superior animals for breeding. Selec ...

New breeding tools will help beef farmers boost profits

Five new Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) have been developed to help farmers improve profits by producing more animals that meet target specification. AHDB Beef & Lamb has developed the EBVs in conjunction with Scotland’s Rural College and Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales and these are now being released as the AHDB National Beef Evaluations. The five new EBVs are: ...

Beef Carcase Traits Project – Update Dec 2017

Work to convert AHDB and HCC funded research for abattoir derived carcase information into EBVs for beef and dairy cattle took another step closer this month, with the receipt of a new set of breeding values as part of on-going research. The striking part of this work is the sheer number of cattle that are now included in this multi-breed analysis, with over 65,000 sires with ...

Beef Feed Efficiency Programme expands across Great Britain – October 2017

Reducing feed costs can make a big difference to the bottom line of all beef businesses. Enabling farmers to do that without affecting performance is the aim of the Defra and AHDB-funded Beef Feed Efficiency Programme. So far, feed intake records from 1,200 cattle have been collected which will be used to identify the genetic differences between the sires of those animals in t ...