Using and understanding BREEDPLAN information


The Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and Selection Indexes published in BREEDPLAN evaluations provide an understanding of the genetic merit of an individual animal. Effective use of this information in animal selection decisions drives genetic progress and improves the bottom line of livestock operations.

This module outlines how to interpret BREEDPLAN EBVs and Selection Indexes. The utilisation of BREEDPLAN information as part of animal selection decisions (alongside visual assessment) is also explored.

Learning objectives

At completion of this module, participants will:

  • Know how and where to locate BREEDPLAN results for a range of Australian breeds.
  • Understand how to interpret BREEDPLAN information, including EBVs and Selection Indexes.
  • Understand how to utilise BREEDPLAN information in conjunction with a range of other information (e.g. visual assessment, BULLCHECK results) for animal selection.

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Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA’s purpose is to foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry by investing in research and marketing activities. Through it's subsidiary companies, MLA also accelerates innovation across the value chain and delivers the industry’s integrity and on-farm quality assurance programs. Care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in all eLearning modules. However, MLA cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained in the training packages. You should make your own enquiries before making decisions concerning your interests. MLA accepts no liability for any losses incurred if you rely solely on this material and excludes all liability as a result of reliance by any person on such information or advice. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all rights are expressly reserved. Requests for further authorisation should be directed to the Content Manager, PO Box 1961, North Sydney, NSW 2059 or © Meat & Livestock Australia 2020 ABN 39 081 678 364. MLA acknowledges the matching funds provided by the Australian Government to support the research and development detailed in this eLearning module.

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  • 6 Quizzes