Limousin Society to double number of genetic evaluations

The British Limousin Cattle Society has announced it will double the number of genetic evaluations it carries out each year from three to six in a bid to strengthen its service to breeders.

It comes hot on the heels of its recent development incorporating the slaughter records from six national processors, reported in July of this year.

This important development means that EBV (Estimated Breeding Value) and GEBV (Genomic Estimated Breeding Value) results are as accurate as they can be at any given time.

In turn, this enables timely marketing by breeders and, crucially, ensures the information is fully up-to-date for commercial producers using it in the breeding decisions they need to make.

Limousin EBVs in Numbers

  • Six updates of results a year;
  • 590,473 pedigree records;
  • 310,082 abattoir records;
  • 6,309 genotypes;
  • Over one million website page views;
  • 4,000 Lin Sale catalogue downloads.

The work is part of a larger body of activity all laid out in the society’s 10-year Breed Improvement Plan, which aims to provide a nationwide population of Limousin genetics which is market-ready for commercial producers.

As business pressures come into sharper focus, the interest in Limousin cattle and performance information, through EBVs and GEBV’s, on both sides of the sale transaction is intensifying.

Providing evidence of this, the society’s website, which hosts its online herdbook, has had well over a remarkable one million page views since the start of the year.

Speaking of the increased number of genetic evaluations BLCS technical manager Alison Glasgow said: “Increasing the frequency of our evaluations is an important development for the Society to bring tangible benefits to pedigree and commercial producers alike.

The EBV and GEBV evaluations are now based on the performance records of over 590,000 pedigree cattle and a further 310,000 abattoir records from Limousin-bred cattle beyond that.

“Providing the most robust and relevant breeding values for the UK in as timely a manner as possible are key principles of the society and are serving pedigree and commercial producers well.”

In addition to the Taurus website, the society has also launched its the Limsale app earlier this year, which has access to performance information at pedigree sales.

The app aims to help users view sale catalogues and find the animals they are looking for. It has proved a very popular marketing and purchasing tool with more than 4,000 catalogue downloads in the past 12 months.

The next genetic evaluation update, following the most recent release in September, is scheduled to be published in the first week of November.

In 2019, genetic evaluations will then run in January, March, May, July, September and November.