Selection Indexes allow you to make balanced selection decisions. They take the hard work out of knowing how much emphasis to put on each individual trait by ranking animals on their overall genetic value for a particular production system.
Selection Indexes are calculated using the BreedObject software that has been developed by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) at the University of New England. BreedObject combines the BREEDPLAN EBVs of an animal with an economic weighting on each individual trait (based on costs of production and returns on output) to produce a single selection index value for each animal.
Selection Indexes enable cattle producers to make “balanced” selection decisions, by taking into account the relevant growth, carcase, birth and fertility attributes of each animal, to identify the animal that is most profitable for a particular production system.
Selection Indexes are now calculated for most Breed Societies conducting an across breed genetic evaluation with BREEDPLAN. Selection Indexes are intended for use by both seedstock and commercial producers, being designed to cater for the commercial market production systems of general relevance in each particular breed. A general description of the different Selection Indexes that are available for each breed are available by searching for the relevant breed + 'Selection Index' in the BREEDPLAN Help Centre.
Best Practice Animal Selection Protocol
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