As customers of Rissington, you are tapping into one of the largest and most accurate multi-breed databases for temperate region cattle in the world. The Leachman analysis currently includes over 1,000,000 animals worldwide. While some analyses are larger, they lack the quality control found in the Leachman system as data is only accepted from top tier Seedstock producers who are engaged in full herd performance testing. This includes leading US breeders such as Thomas Angus Ranch in Oregon, R A Brown Ranch in Texas, and Ludvigson Stock Farm in Montana. The database also includes the composite cattle in the UK, Australia, and North America. Most interestingly, each of these herds are collecting feed intake data on thousands of animals per year. This makes the Leachman database especially powerful at predicting feed intake in Angus, Simmental, Gelbvieh, South Devon, and composite populations. Today, dozens of leading breeders around the world are using $Profit to produce higher productivity animals.
The Leachman database is further backed by years of research and development investment. The database currently contains over 15,000 feed intake records and over 50,000 mature cow weight observations. The investment in this data alone exceeds US$2,000,000. Leachman first started validating the heritability of feed conversion in steers being fattened in 2010. Since that time, thousands of AI sired progeny have been produced in structured contemporary groups to evaluate growth, conversion, and carcass merit. In addition, the Leachman database utilizes breed EPD’s (equivalent to EBV’s) from the American Angus Association, the American Simmental Association, and the American Gelbvieh Association to increase the accuracy of outside sire lines that are being sampled each year. This combination of top quality herds, complete data recording, leveraging of breed genetic predictions, and extensive validation testing is unique.
We welcome you to inquire more about $Profit and the other indexes now being offered by Rissington via its global alliance with Leachman Cattle of Colorado. We feel that this will add huge value to our selection decisions and the bottom line of our commercial bull customers.