Moderating Influence for Commercial Purposes
Purpose: The Moderating Influence in Ausline cattle has been established to show case the Breed’s breeding potential for the commercial beef industry. The purpose of these animals is to reduce the frame size in a commercial herd in the first and subsequent generations whilst retaining all the beef attributes of the Ausline breed. Exceptionally large cows have shown to wean a lower percentage of their body weight with an unsustainable feed consumption requirement, as well as reducing fertility and longevity. By allowing registration of first and subsequent cross animals it will not only increase hybrid vigour but and as recent MLA research shows that the most profitable cows are moderate sized cows with a higher stocking rate.
1. Percentage cattle (25% to 75%) qualify with Ausline Genetics on at least one side of the pedigree qualify, and must be registered with the Ausline Association.
2. Either the sire or dam (or both) of a Moderator must be registered with the Ausline Association to qualify.
3. All animals must be polled.
4. Animals derived from dairy breeds cannot be included in the program
5. The percentage of an animal’s breed shall be added to Registration papers for those animals that qualify.
Outcomes: It is envisaged that these animals will have an important place in the beef industry especially in the fast growing Certified Grass Fed and organic sector. The low birth weight, early maturity and easy doing attributes of the Ausline breed lend themselves to finishing from grass. By reducing the frame size of larger traditional breeds without compromising beef qualities opitmises efficiency and sustainability. These animals will produce more beef per hectare enabling breeders to produce commercially viable, high yielding carcasses. The hybrid vigour obtained will greatly depend upon what breeds and their respective traits are being used in such a program.
Grading Up Purebred Table
|Grade of Sire or Dam||Grade or Sire or Dam||Grade of Progeny|
Key: Grade 1= 50%, Grade 2= 75%, Grade 3= 87.5%, Grade P= 93.75% Grade F= Fullblood
A Moderating bull that is a genetic combination of e.g. Red Poll and Ausline will moderate the size of the commercial herd while adding the easy calving, fertility and easy doing traits of the Ausline and the milk supply of the Red Poll.
A Moderating bull that is a genetic combination of e.g. Brahman and Ausline will moderate the size of a commercial herd while adding the easy calving, fertility and easy doing traits of the Ausline and the heat tolerance and insect resistance of the Brahman.
A Moderating bull that is a genetic combination of e.g. Limousin and Ausline will moderate the size of a commercial herd while adding the easy calving, fertility and easy doing traits of the Ausline and the muscling and growth of the Limousin