Weekly genetics review: Selection considerations around birth weight

Many producers focus solely on Birth weight EBVs to address issues around poor calving, genetics editor Al Rayner writes in this week’s genetics review. However many people may be overlooking the mature size of their cows, and are not managing nutrition to get them in calf, or are managing pre-calving nutrition poorly. There is also the risk of focussing on birth weight and impacting growth traits as a result. There is a better option if there really is an issue with calving ease, and that is to use the calving ease EBV (direct) which will also be less antagonistic to…

Source: Beef Central
Weekly genetics review: Selection considerations around birth weight