The Te Mooi Carcase Crew is a collaboration between Te Mooi Speckle Park and a number of forward-thinking commercial beef producers. The concept was born from the desire to progeny-test the sires we were to use in our stud program. As you can tell, we like to be informed and evaluate data. The Carcase Crew gives us information on calving ease, gestation length and days to calving, as they use our stud sires in their commercial herds via AI and natural service.
The resultant progeny are run in contemporary groups and weighed regularly to establish growth patterns, with the majority of male calves sold directly to processors. This gives us feedlot performance data as well as direct carcase information. Many of the heifers will be retained and their reproductive performance will also be evaluated. Unfortunately this information cannot be included in BREEDPLAN, but we analyse it in-house to guide our program.
2021 saw more than 500 F1-calves born in The Carcase Crew, and that number is due to increase rapidly over the next few years. The program is already giving us great information on gestation length and calving ease, and much more is to come. The 2021 calves will be finished on either grass or grain before heading to the processors, from whom we’ll receive actual carcase data on exciting bulls like Minnamurra Pageant P216, Promised Land Eldorado, Wattle Grove Project A, Te Mooi Predator and Te Mooi Quincy.
“The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.”
– Carly Fiorina, chair of Hewlett-Packard Co