GOOD FIGURES DO NOT ALWAYS MAKE A
GOOD ANIMAL BUT A GOOD ANIMAL WITH
GOOD FIGURES MAKES A TERRIFIC ANIMAL
In addition to the above, along with line breeding it is also vital to recognise and select bulls that will fuse, add to and strengthen the herd to produce progeny that consistently hit targets.
Performance at least cost is the future
On 3rd October 6 heifers weaned to average 422kg
Kristina K568 was 510kg
This is almost killing weight, straight off their mothers.
Good news for the commercial world which has always felt let down by the heifers.
Nightingale Dunbar K551 (see The Future)
Weaned at 200 days = 430kg EBV +52 SRI +66
300days = 635kg – official scan 137cm
We like to think that with our extensive and accurate recording for 40 years, including actual (not estimated) birth weights along with every cows gestation, our bulls performance in other herds increases their EBV’s rather than reducing them, something that happens quite often in the well known and not so well know UK herds.
The Nightingale Angus herd is quite UNIQUE.
NO SHOWING & NO BULLS at SALES.
Show animals do not represent or reflect the type of animal we strive to breed and would be a distraction to our breeding policy. Fortunately for us, participating in bull sales has not been necessary, as we have built up a strong customer base supplying bulls that suit the current and future requirements of the pedigree and commercial breeders.
They receive no creep feed at grass. “Carcase” scanning for breedplan figures are done between 300-350days, thereafter a maintenance to grow diet only is fed. This regime would not prepare them for sales to the standard of fitness that is apparently required today, and would dramatically increase our costs. And furthermore allow the possibility that physicality and fertility may be compromised for a time.