Thursday, May 4, 2017
Electronic monitoring to determine efficient feed conversion for bulls.
Electronic monitoring to determine efficient feed conversion for bulls. Determining the bull which is the most efficient at converting fodder to beef makes for a better bottom line. When Jonathon Wright's stud bulls stick their head into a feed bin, just how much they eat is being fed second-by-second to a Canadian operation via the internet. This data is then turned around each day in a simple form for Mr Wright to analyse and compare the different bulls.This is part of determining which beasts are the most efficient feed converters at his Coota Park stud at Woodstock, south of Orange in New South Wales. The aim is to identify those animals and breed them The testing of 80 bulls at a time is carried out over 70 days, with weighing at the start and end of the period. Efficient feed conversion a trait that can be passed on within breeds, across breeds there is a big difference in their ability to convert feed. Research has shown that it is a genetic trait that affected feed conversion, a trait that can be passed on from generation to generation. Find a good feed-converting bull and his progeny will be too continue