The science of stud breeding
Enhancing our breeding programme
Measuring ensures consistency
All our efforts in keeping up to date with the latest technologies available, are underwritten with an intense commitment to structure and conformation, which sees every animal at Storth Oaks assessed for structure throughout their lives.
DNA a key tool
DNA and genomics are tools that have an increasing place in our program, to help select the very best replacement heifers and sires early. In addition, since 2016 we’ve used DNA though Zoetis’ HD50K to sire/dam verifiy our entire annual calf drop. This way we can guarantee our buyers that the bull you purchase is by the sire we have nominated, and the animal’s genomic information is incorporated immediately into its EBVs.
Technology lends a helping hand
Total Genetics Resource Management is a computer software tool that we have utilised since 2006 to assist in our mating planning. This programme monitors and allows easy control over in-breeding, but also helps design matings to maximise genetic gains. Each mating prediction is checked by us to make sure that in real life it has a chance of succeeding. Storth Oaks was the first New Zealand beef herd to include this in our breeding programme, a technology long used in dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock industries.