Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Record Number of Pedigree Bulls Sold during Autumn

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Record Number of Pedigree Bulls Sold during Autumn

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There has been a record number of recorded pedigree bulls sold at this year's autumn sales, according to the English Beef and Lamb Executive.

And the bulls with the highest estimated breeding values (EBVs) have achieved the higher prices.

An all-time record 95% of Charolais and 88% of Limousin bulls sold at their respective autumn 2005 sales were recorded, providing commercial buyers with solid evidence of their breeding value in the most important areas of calving, growth and muscling.

EBLEX records also revealed that 23% of the Charolais and 14% of the Limousin bulls sold were recording beef values in the top 1% of their breeds. What is more, only 5% and 9% respectively had beef values below breed average.

MLC beef scientist Liz Genever said: "This bodes extremely well for commercial producers and the English beef industry as a whole, given the extent to which beef value ( calculated from a balance of all the important EBV traits ( has been shown to identify bulls which boost financial returns by improving the carcase weight, finish levels and conformation of their progeny. …

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