Angus Cross Cow With calf at foot with a Charolais Bull© Tim Scrivener
Beef industry leaders believe it’s getting tougher for breeders to get away with manipulating estimated breeding values (EBVs) to improve the value of cattle. Claims persist – particularly on social media sites – that some breeders alter weights, dates and feeding regimes to improve growth rate figures and sway the apparent genetic potential of cattle. Simon Marsh, beef cattle specialist and principal lecturer at Harper Adams University, says his trials have proved that EBVs accurately reflect cattle performance. “The EBV […]