That's it in a nutshell, and I agree with it being anti stock bull.
Some of you may know I run two stock bulls, an angus and an aubrac. In the August proofs the Aubrac soared ahead to 148 and the angus dropped to 112. This time it's the other way round, angus gone up 15 points and aubrac down 12, with a bit of an effect on the daughters.
Like others here the overall change in the herd isn't huge, but there are big shifts in some cow families. But I did notice cows with more ai sires behind them are more consistent. So I reckon the reason that there is an anti stock bull bias is because of reliability.
Bellview you're selling stock bulls to dairy farmers? You have no way of knowing what calves are being registered to your bull(s), maybe that's part of the problem in your herd. Some of these lads could be registering jerseys to your bull, if this is happening then your figures for conformation anyway are gone out the window.
I suppose we just have to keep at it, it's better than it was 10 years ago, ai is fairly consistent now I think, it's only a matter of time before stock bull reliability improves. It depends on us submitting accurate info, garbage in, garbage out
I've just realised that if you are in the BDGP, you can generate a EURO-Star report any time you like, even if you are not in HerdPLus.
Just log onto ICBF, then;
/ Reports / All reports / BDGP / BDGP EURO Star / generate New Report /
just checked the report for my father and some of the cows went up and some went down but the one that confused me is one went from €63 3* up to €112 5*
Annually I get the bull report. There are folks that are registered zero calves from bulls and I know there are calves as one of these boys is a neighbour. Ironically icbf quoted this report as proof that a lot of pedigree bulls are not breeding calf's which annoyed me with icbf no end
The key metric for the angus into dairy is calving diff and then if the bull looks OK the dairy boys generally will give him a second look.
The angus bulls in ai are going the wrong way at the moment as there are a number of terminal type sires in the studs which for beef is ok but not if we want to breed decent cows.. the latest bull by progressive trying to say a bull with double muscle has calving of less than 2 per cent is false while the other Goulding Eamon who is in the maternal program should have difficulty of over 10 per cent while icbf is showing under 5. Bulls like this will do a lot of damage to the easy calving maternal part of the breed and their diffuliculty are just wrong.
Unfortunately that happens a lot. You could see reverse next update. If the genotype stopped this madness it would be great but not sure if it will as even cows genotyped still appear with relatively low reliability which gives icbf an opt out in my opinion.
All I'm hoping for is that the averages keep working out so I can qualify for payment as my bad icbf cows calves keep the show on the road with nice cattle while I tolerate a few 5 stars and never keep their daughters so I keep the herd right and still meet the rules.
Is icbf and herdplus not the one thing?
I'm beginning to see why breed societies are peed off with icbf. But it happens anybody who sells cattle live. I used to sell weanling bulls. I know some of them were left out for 3 winters on bad silage/hay around a ring feeder, and the grassland management wouldn't have been too sharp either.
Same goes for weanlings that are exported, chances are they're always the best ones so neither the sires or cows benefit from carcase info.
It costs €60/year to join herdplus.
Had an accidental stock bull (weanling that was a bit more cheeky than I gave him credit for!) who put two heifers in calf. Two nice calves arrived early in October and are the proud owners of 4 stars each. I just wonder now if the powers-that-be will be demanding I replace him with like! I only realized what he managed to do several months after I sold him as the heifers weren't calling.