2016/17 was another year of records in the Australian beef industry. ABS retained the no. 1 industry position for beef semen sales and also achieved a record sales year.
The National Herd Improvement Association (NHIA) semen sire survey, to which all member AI companies submit their annual returns, was conducted. The survey showed ABS Australia Beef has 51% of the market share.
In the Angus breed, sires from ABS Australia hold the top five registration positions with Te Mania Emperor as the no. 1 registration sire of progeny in the previous 24 months. Following him are Matauri Reality, Sydgen Black Pearl, EF Complement and Rennylea Edmund. A big thank you to the Australia beef producers for your support.
Again the beef team has been active, travelling Australia and the world. Fletch and Bill attended the ABS Global Beef Managers’ conference in Denver in January and extended their trip to view bull studs in Montana and Deforest and herds in Nebraska and Illinois. In May, Bill travelled to New Zealand for the annual tour of farms, the NZ Beef Expo and the NZ Beef & Lamb Conference.
June saw Bill travelling to the USA to host a group of breeders, touring Texas, Illinois and ABS at Deforest. Bill then moved on to the UK to view progeny of Australian Angus sires. These sires, Emperor, Admiral and Elevator, have been well received and are performing outstandingly well. Bill also attended the Angus World Forum held in Scotland.
ABS Australia continues to research and implement programs and hold information meetings for cattle breeders. We have a great passion for Fixed Time A.I. [FTAI] and articles of interest are on pages 51 to 53 in this directory.
A new ABS Australia initiative is the annual calendar photo competition. Congratulations to Joe Kovacek, Londonderry NSW, Ruby Canning, Mortlake Vic and Liana Prentice, Rowville Vic on their winning entries in the beef section. If you would like to reserve a copy of the 2018 ABS Australia calendar, please call the office.
Over the next 12 months we will be conducting more workshops on FTAI. We know synchronization is a profitable management tool for beef producers, with great gains in calving intervals and genetic growth.
The ABS Conference is set for March 19 to 21 2018 and will be held in the Holbrook-Albury region. Dr. Cliff Lamb is again the keynote speaker and will share the latest information on cattle fertility and FTAI.
From time to time, updates and specials are available via our website, the ABS Australia Beef Facebook page and emails.
A final note, with the increased sales, the inventory level of some bulls may result in low stocks, so please consider your bull selections and place your orders early.