Breedplan is a management aid to help cattle breeders improve the genetic merit and profitability of their herds. It concentrates on those traits of real commercial importance that can be improved by selection and aims to provide breeders with measures that rank animals within the breed in order of merit for those traits.
Droughtmaster breeders can record the performance of animals in their herd for important growth, fertility and carcase traits. This information is recorded with the animals' pedigree details in the Droughtmaster Group Breedplan.
What is Group Breedplan?
An integrated pedigree and performance recording system developed by the Droughtmaster Stud Breeders Society and the National Beef Recording Scheme (NBRS).
Breedplan then combines the pedigree and performance information to estimate the breeding potential or genetic merit of each animal in the herd for these performance traits.
The breeding potential of each animal is reported as an Estimated Breeding Value (or EBV) for each trait.
The Droughtmaster Group Breedplan Analysis
In June each year all of the performance data that has been recorded on Droughtmaster in Australia is analysed and updated EBVs are calculated for all animals on the Droughtmaster file.
The traits currently analysed are: Growth, Fertility & Carcase
200 Day Growth
400 Day Weight
600 Day Weight
Mature Cow Weight
Eye Muscle Area
Rib & Rump Fat Depth
Retail Beef Yield %
A Sire Summary which lists EBVs for many of the widely used Droughtmaster sires in Australia, is published once per annum. However EBV's are updated on a monthly basis and available via the Society’s Internet Solutions enquiry service accessed from the Society’s home page.
Group Herd Reports - following the running of the monthly Droughtmaster Group Breedplan Analysis, a herd report is sent to all members ofDroughtmaster Breedplan who have submitted weights during the previous month. It includes EBVs for all calves (born in recent years) that have been performance recorded in your herd and their sires and dams.
It also provides genetic trend tables for the breed and for the individual herd. The trend tables enable the breeder to compare the current genetic level of his herd with the breed average for each trait. A percentile band table is also provided. This report allows the breeder to identify the relative ranking of animals within the breed.
For enrolment and performance submission enquires please contact the BREEDPLAN office.
Tropical Beef Technology Services (TBTS)
Contact Paul Williams or Tim Emery for technical advice and assistance regarding Breedplan. TBTS Technical Officers can visit on farm where applicable and also run a series of workshops regarding genetic technologies.
The TBTS website provides up to date technical and event information as well as providing links to the Tropical Breed’s Databases. More information on Breedplan including Tip Sheets and technical documents is also available.
Droughtmaster Group Breedplan EBV Percentile Table
Droughtmaster Group Breedplan Sire Summary
EBV's Explained - Find out what each EBV means and how it should be interpreted
EBV Enquiry & Current Breed Average EBV's - search the Droughtmaster database for animals fitting particular EBV criteria plus view the current breed average EBV's