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The BREEDPLAN Advantage: Constantly Evolving

In 1982, the Animal Genetics & Breeding Unit (AGBU) was the first in the world to use Best Linear Unbiased Predictor (BLUP) statistical methodology to produce EBVs. While BLUP is now the standard method used in genetic evaluations around the world, AGBU have continued to evolve the BLUP methodology used by BREEDPLAN for the benefit of beef producers.

Just over 40 years later, BREEDPLAN now:

  • Analyses 40 different beef cattle breeds across 14 countries.
  • Expanded the range of traits to include calving, carcase, fertility, efficiency, temperament, and structural traits in addition to the growth traits originally analysed in 1982.
  • Runs multiple Australian and International genetic evaluations that apply Single-Step BLUP to incorporate performance, pedigree and genomic information. Single-Step BLUP is currently accepted as the gold standard genetic evaluation methodology around the world, with the combined BREEDPLAN evaluations incorporating over half a million genotypes.
  • Each Single-Step BREEDPLAN analysis utilises the majority of the markers available from a genotype, and which markers used are customised to suit each breed. In comparison, some alternate genetic evaluations only utilise a small sample of markers and apply these across breeds with little or no published evidence that these across-breed genomic evaluations provide an effective basis for selection across all breeds involved.
  • Includes all quantitative traits in a single multi-trait model so each record informs the evaluation of other, genetically correlated traits. Most other beef genetic evaluations analyse traits in multiple smaller groups for an easier but less accurate analysis.
  • Profit based selection indexes created using BreedObject software. BreedObject selection indexes are the only selection indexes that fully account for feed costs across the whole production system including feed efficiency. Additionally, BreedObject is unique in its ability to account for the different reasons that animals leave the herd (e.g. reproductive failure, structure, etc.), rather than just lumping all of these into a single category (e.g. stayability) and assuming they are the same trait.

This timeline outlines the continued evolution of the BREEDPLAN analysis from 1982 to now. 

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