Estimated breeding values
The best approach to assessing a Beef Shorthorn Bull is to use Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), which predict an animal's genetic potential and how his offspring will perform.
Important EBVs to look out for
Calving ease - maternal/daughters
Calving ease - direct
200 day milk
200 day growth
Self Replacing Index
At the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society, we made a commitment to developing the breed as a damline by introducing the Self Replacing Index (SRI), an index which evaluates the maternal traits. Previously, the emphasis had been on terminal sire traits - growth rates and carcase characteristics. To make fast, reliable and more predictable genetic gain in maternal traits, commercial producers should consider widely used bulls, with the right balance of EBVs, with high Accuracy Values.
For more information, visit Breedplan, the Society's performance recording register.