Comparing against the current levels of genetic merit allows you to understand where an animal ranks within the evaluated population. BREEDPLAN uses the calving drop born two years prior the current year to define the current level of genetic merit in the evaluated population (e.g. in 2023, this would be the 2021 drop calves). This is because rising two year old animals have had an opportunity to be performance recorded for the majority of traits and many of the young animals available for sale will belong to this cohort.

You can use the concepts explained below to benchmark the genetics of your current bull team. This allows you to evaluate each bull in your team and identify whether bulls that you may be considering for purchase are an improvement over those you already own.

Compare with breed average