In 2018 we partnered with Vytelle and invested in their technology to capture information on individual animal feed intake on our bulls.
This is a first in New Zealand and an exciting development for us and our customers and partners. With over 70% of production costs being feed we understand the necessity to measure.
What we know is the trait of feed efficiency has plenty of variation, is heritable, and as a bonus is directly correlated with methane omissions. Through lowering feed intake, we can reduce our carbon footprint.
The information we gather using Vytelle sense leading technology is fed into our international database in collaboration with Leachman Cattle in the USA and incorporated into our overall selection indexes.