22 September 1995

UKgenetic gaps still widening

GENETIC gaps between the UK cattle breeding industry and its major competitors are still widening, says Dr Hinks in the latest edition of The Sire Register.

He cites Animal Data Centre figures that show the annual rates of genetic change in the UK at 0.6% are still failing to match those of Holland (1.8%), the US (1.5%), Canada (1.0%) and Australia (0.8%).

"While the genetic chasms may not be widening now at the alarming rates seen in the 80s, they are certainly not narrowing as some false prophets proclaim."