Beef on Dairy, but not as you know it.
Genus ABS Beef InFocus™, powered by NuEra Genetics™, delivers proven and reliable beef genetics for the dairy producer to maximise calf crop value while driving beef supply chain efficiency.
Tailored Beef Genetics for Dairies
Beef InFocus sires are specifically created or selected for dairy cows to maximise dairy and beef supply chain profitability.
- NuEra Genetics is the genetic engine behind Beef InFocus and develops an elite source of sires.
- All sires including those obtained outside NuEra are intentionally designed for performance on dairy breeds.
Proven Performance on Dairies
Calving performance – traits that are economically important for dairies – are collected through Beef Cornerstone, adding to Genus ABS’s Real World Data® (RWD™) system.
The results collected are then converted to financial values to give an overall BeefAdvantage™. The BeefAdvantage index is the additional profit an individual Genus ABS proven beef sire can deliver, compared to the average bull of that breed when crossed on to dairy cows.
To qualify as fully Beef InFocus proven, a sire must have a minimum of 120 calving observations from at least 60 different herds.
Calving performance is evaluated by collecting data and confirming:
- Calving ease
- Gestation length
- Calf Quality
- Calf Survivability
Performance in Finishing
Beef rearers and finishers are constantly looking for ways to cut their costs of production to mitigate the risk of fluctuating beef prices. Focusing on dairy beef production, they can now use beef genetics to create more profitable and efficient beef animals.
An ever-increasing proportion of the animals in the beef supply chain are beef crosses out of dairy cows – currently, this is approximately 55%. Beef genetics can play a key part in increasing margins on a beef unit and, with heavy usage of AI in dairy herds, this is a great opportunity for beef finishers to increase profit margins with genetics.
Introducing the NuEra Profit Index Genus ABS have developed a totally unique genetic index. This allows beef rearers and finishers to identify groups of sires that will increase their profit margins. The NuEra Profit index considers over 150,000 RWD™ data points for traits in its evaluation. The data is drawn from multiple external sources – including stakeholder partners and current economical values.
The breeds on which this is available are Aberdeen-Angus and British Blues, the two most popular in dairy herds. Both are backed by Genus ABS’ proprietary NuEra Genetics.
Beef Supply Chain Marketability
Genus ABS Beef InFocus has quickly become the most reliable source of consistent quality beef on dairy calves in the market place.
Genus ABS works with key industry partners in the beef supply chain to help dairies find the most profitable opportunities for Beef InFocus cattle.
Additionally, Genus ABS evaluates and benchmarks total performance of Genus ABS Beef InFocus genetics from birth to slaughter.
Customers Using Beef InFocus
Tim Sinnott milks 225 cows on an autumn block calving system in Warwickshire. Calving from July through to November with all fertility work done by the Genus Reproductive Management System (RMS) team. The cows are milked three times daily with yields at 12,700lts/cow milk sold which equates to 890kg milk solids sold per cow. “In […]
Tim Sinnott, Warwickshire
Nathan Pryor milks 480 cross bred Jersey-Friesians on a once a day, grazing based system. The herd is block calved and average annual yields stand at 4,000 litres a cow. Sexed semen now plays an important role in reducing the number of unwanted dairy bull calves and realising the genetic potential of Nathans herd. “Traditionally […]
Nathan Pryor, Cornwall
Johnson Rolling Acres is a family farm that has been in business since 1979. After starting out milking 36 cows, the farm has steadily milked more cows to support a growing family. The most recent expansion was in 2012 when the Johnson’s built a cross-ventilated freestall barn and expanded to 1,200 milking cows. As a […]
Johnson’s Rolling Acres
Ebert Enterprises is a 4,800-cow dairy farm in rural Algoma, WI. The family farm takes pride in producing quality food in an environmentally safe and profitable fashion. Back in the late 90s, ABS started tail chalking for Eberts when no one else would. Because of the superior customer service, the Eberts have been customers ever […]