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New Zealand Beef Technologies

New Zealand Beef Technologies is a service created by PBBNZ Ltd, to provide information on existing and emerging technologies relevant to the Beef industry. Its first project was completed in 2010 with a series of nationwide industry workshops entitled “BREEDPLAN™ & Related Technologies – Getting Back to Basics".

These workshops focussed on the fundamentals of BREEDPLAN™, discussed Cattle Selection Indexes and looked at Internet based inventory technologies. 160+ people attended these workshops and consisted of both existing users of BREEDPLAN™ as well asuninitiated Beef producers interested in the technology. Craig Martin - Chairman of NZBT has commented that the success of this Roadshow clearly identified the industry's enthusiasm for knowledge.

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Beef and Lamb Genetics beef extension

2016 Bull Buying Workshops

Targeted at the commercial bull buyer facilitated by Beef & Lamb Genetics, this workshop aims to assist farmers in making good decisions about bull buying to add more value to their farming systems.

Key steps are:

  • Setting a breeding objective
  • Choosing a bull breeder that matches that objective
  • Using genetic information to asses sale bulls
  • Using physical information to asses sale bulls
  • Settling your new purchase in and ensuring he is annually evaluated for breeding soundness

AngusPure beef supplied for lunch, sponsored by Angus New Zealand. Practical live cattle demonstrations and mock helmsman auction included.

10:00am -3pm.

Registration with your local Beef and Lamb extension manager is recommended.


3rd March – Garry McCorkindale (Glenside Simmentals)
Waitahuna RD 3 Lawrence.
Contact B&L extension manager Olivia Ross for more details. 0278017868

4th March – Bruce & Carolynn Robertson (Duncraigen Herefords)
40 Mimihau School Road, RD2 Wyndham.
Contact B&L extension manager Olivia Ross for more details. 0278017868

20th April – Lin & Lindsay Johnstone (Ranui Angus)
662 Rangitatau East Road, RD 8, Wanganui.
Contact B&L extension manager Jason Griffin for more details. 0274310225

22nd April – Patrick Lane (Whangara Angus)
Waimoko Road, Gisborne.
Contact B&L extension manager Mark Harris for more details. 0275779991

2nd May – Jono and Sarah Reed (Grampians Angus)
420 Cascade Rd, North Canterbury.
Contact B&L extension manager Sarah Oconnell for more details. 0274968496

4th May – Mark & Sherrie Stokman (Stokman Angus)
161 Hossack Road RD 1 Rotorua.
Contact B&L extension manager Andrew Jolly for more details. 0275568836

23rd May – John & Joss Bayly (Waitangi Angus)
Bayly Road Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Contact B&L extension manager Alison Whiteford for more details. 0274897343

TBC – Wairarapa Workshop
Contact B&L extension manager Lauren Cameron for more details. 0274317626


2016 Beef Progeny Test field days

The Beef and Lamb Genetics Beef Progeny Test has now completed its second round of A.I and has its first crop of calves to be weaned. With close to 2200 cows inseminated in the recent mating, there is a wealth of information to come for farmers to use. The first field day series is based on weaning. Providing an opportunity to see which bulls perform in a variety of traits and environments. There will be a will focus on:
  • Identifying sire groups by weaning weight (200D)
  • Body condition score demo and comparison to weight of calf weaned
  • Potential for synchronisation and A.I on commercial farms
  • New traits and opportunities from the trial

Progeny test calves will be on display. Practical demonstrations included. An exciting chance to view some of New Zealand’s most iconic, large scale farms. Lunch will be supplied.



31st March – Whangara farms, Gisborne

8th April – Caberfeidh Station, Hakataramea Valley, Otago

22nd April – Tautane Station, Central Hawkes Bay

6th May – Rangitaiki Station, Taupo

9th May- Mendip Hills Station, North Canterbury