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Title: Costs of and Returns from Performance Recording in Beef and Sheep Studs
Contributor(s): Banks, R G  (author)orcid ; Zhang, Yue  (author)orcid ; Zhang, Y  (author)orcid ; Shovelton, J (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Genetic improvement of the Australian beef herd and sheep flock depends heavily on investment by stud producers in performance recording. A survey was conducted to estimate levels of investment and profitability in beef and sheep studs in Australia, and to assess whether these differed between studs using BREEDPLAN or Sheep Genetics and those not. A voluntary survey was developed and invitation to participate widely circulated. The participation rate was low, but participants included a sample of the largest users of BREEDPLAN and Sheep Genetics. Results suggest that BREEDPLAN and Sheep Genetics users have larger businesses in both scale and level of investment, and those businesses are more profitable, than non-users. Knowledge of operating margins and return on investment is valuable in understanding seedstock sector capacity to increase investment, particularly in hard-to-measure traits and genotyping. On the basis of the results here, such capacity appears likely to be constrained. Obtaining more comprehensive survey results would be valuable, but it is not obvious how to achieve that.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: AAABG 2019: 23rd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Armidale, Australia, 27 October-1 November
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, v.23, p. 568-571
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG)
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1328-3227
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070201 Animal Breeding
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300305 Animal reproduction and breeding
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830301 Beef Cattle
830310 Sheep - Meat
830311 Sheep - Wool
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 100401 Beef cattle
100412 Sheep for meat
100413 Sheep for wool
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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Appears in Collections:Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)
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UNE Business School

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