Genetic Trends in the National Herd
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This page tracks genetic trends in the national herd, noting improvements in economically important traits. The genetic merit of the national herd has improved or held steady across a range of economically important traits. The traits covered are Breeding Worth, Production Efficiency, Robustness traits, Farmer Opinion traits, Conformation traits and Additional traits. Breeding Worth (BW) and Production Worth (PW) are valuable tools you can use to make sound decisions about breeding, culling, and buying. BW reflects a cow's potential to breed profitable offspring, while PW focuses on a cow's lifelong profit-making ability.
The genetic merit of the national herd has improved or held steady across a range of economically important traits.
The graphs below show how the genetic merit of cows in the national herd is trending for individual traits as at April 2022.
The colours and abbreviations are as follows:
More information on what the breeding values are and how they are calculated.