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Vytelle releases public feed efficiency database

Published on 28 June 2021
Beef bulls

Vytelle, with their network partners, announce the release of the top 150 proven bulls. These high accuracy bulls have risen to the top of more than 81,000 animals of 25 different breeds and more than 262,000 residual feed intake (RFI) expected progeny differences (EPDs).

“There are two high-stake producer decisions that drive genetic progress in the global cattle industry: mating selection and reproduction method. By publicly sharing this list of feed efficient bulls, we’re able to assist cattle producers in identifying elite animals that drive a more accurate mating selection,” said Kerryann Kocher, CEO for Vytelle. “Producers can accelerate genetic progress to meet the global demand for high-quality and nutritious protein by utilizing the most modern hormone-free, in vitro fertilization to multiply offspring from their elite-performing animals. 

The 2021 top 150 bulls list was compiled using data collected by Vytelle Sense systems and Vytelle Insight analytics services, formerly known as GrowSafe Systems. All tested animals include at least three generations of pedigrees, and all animals must have at least a 0.6 accuracy rating on their RFI EPD to be eligible for the list. Each phenotyped animal strengthens the database, providing producers insight to make profit-bearing decisions regarding selection for feed efficiency and performance. With the permission of each network member, Vytelle shares this information publicly to collectively advance feed efficiency improvements across the industry.

“Feed is 70 percent of a beef producer’s total production costs,” said Lisa Rumsfeld, vice president of international commercial operation for Vytelle. “Whether breeders are looking to impact their direct feed cost, achieve marketing premiums or underpin methane emissions reduction claims with evidence-based metrics, this database offers selection possibilities across breeds globally.” 

Phenotypic data is captured through the use of Vytelle Sense systems. The feed intake nodes measure feed disappearance every second an animal is feeding, each time an animal feeds, to a 10-gram resolution. The in-pen weighing position measures individual animal partial body weight and growth. It weighs every second an animal is standing at the water trough, which can equate up to 450 weights a day.

Visit the Vytelle website to find the full listing of the 2021 top 150 proven bulls.  end mark

—From a Vytelle news release

PHOTO: Vytelle, with their network partners, announce the release of the top 150 proven bulls. Photo courtesy of Vytelle.

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