The Gene Ireland Progeny test centre recently slaughtered 50 steers at Slaney Foods International, Bunclody, Co. Wexford. The progeny were sired by 27 different AI sires across 8 different breeds. It consisted of 50 Jan/Feb/March 2016 born steers.
The average carcass weight for the group was 370 kilos. The average daily gain for the group during their 90 day performance test period was 1.44 kilos per head per day. Average growth rate within the group ranged from 1.08 kilos to 2.15 kilos per head per day. The average kill-out for the group was 55.8%, with kill-out ranging from 51% to 60%. Overall the animals graded extremely well with 24 of the steers being of U grade conformation, 24 grading in the R grade class and the remaining 2 were O grade for conformation. All of the 50 steers met the carcass fat specifications of 2+ or higher with the majority of steers grading 3+ or more for fat.
The average dry matter intake (DMI) per day for the group was 11.85 kilos, with steers consuming from 7.98 to 15.01 kilos per head per day on a DMI basis. The steers were fed hay and concentrates. Overall the steers performed exceptionally well and were gaining .80 kilos of carcass for each day they were on test at Tully. The data demonstrates the large variation in performance between progeny in a steer system.
All individual data on all animals slaughtered at Tully can be found under the G€N€ IR€LAND section of the ICBF website (www.icbf.com). You can access the G€N€ IR€LAND section by clicking on the “services” tab which is located at the top of the homepage.