National Charolais Show 2009 : Genes Diffusion presents its breeding program
For this year’s traditional National Charolais Show, held at la Roche-sur-Yon on
August 27, 28 and 29, 550 animals have travelled to the Vendée region. Genes Diffusion
certainly did not fall short of expectations with the Charolais Optimal show and
the presentation of the bulls housed at the stud of CIA Apis Diffusion.
The first day was devoted to the Charolais show
where 38 representatives of the Charolais Optimal selection program obtained remarkable
results. With 4 class winners, 9 second and 8 third places, the balance is « largely
positive », according to Sébastien LANDEMAINE, breeding specialist at the
Charolais section of Gènes Diffusion. « It is the first time that we have so many
animals receiving prizes at the National » he says enthusiastically.
The Genes Diffusion Show
With 38 daughters of Charolais-Optimal proven sires in the ring of the Expo Center
at La Roche-sur-Yon, Genes Diffusion presented an extensive palette of its know-how.
These cows, from all over the Genes Diffusion region, reflected the success of breeders
who, for a long time already, have been making decisions about the reproduction
of their herd based on the breeding program.
The show was perfectly orchestrated by the technical
staff of Genes Diffusion – Vincent COLAS, Sébastien LANDEMAINE and Patrick REVERSE
– and assisted by all the technicians of the cooperatives that form part of the
The presentation of the animals was geared around the 4 main lines of the program:
- Genetic Creation, giving priority to easy calving, meat quality, growth, character
and maternal qualities.
- Genetic Evaluation, with on-farm testing, which allows for an optimal control of
performance, allows for 22 just-weaned bulls to be tested each year with respect
to their aptitude for fattening and reproduction, and for detecting the best bulls
for use on heifers.
Innovation, with a « polled » breeding program adapted
to behavior in free-stalls, to the expansion of herds, and to animal well-being,
in combination with a selection on all other production characteristics.
- Distribution of the best proven bulls via the insemination of large numbers of heifers
and cows by the AI cooperatives.
With the presentation of daughters of current champions such as PINAY, and RETHEL (easy-calving sires) ; SUEDOIS, SIDNEY, REPAIR, MAGENTA, POPULAIR, and RANCARD (sires to be used on
mature cows), UNICO SC and VIRGIL SC (polled), Genes Diffusion wanted to illustrate
how its selection program works and at the same time show concrete results.
Genes Diffusion also disclosed, as a preview, the names of the next Charolais Optimal
stars for IA: TINOR, SISTERON, TREZEGOAL et VIRGIL SC.
This manifestation offered a perfect opportunity to congratulate Marie-Claude and
Jean-Paul Guibert, the breeders of the famous PINAY , whose full sister, Ravissante, has obtained a third
place in the special Type + Production competition, followed by a Get of Dam 4th
Bulls on the scene
And the Charolais Optimal show continued… The participants
were kindly asked to go to CIA Apis Diffusion, in order to attend the other presentation
of the day, of young sires still in the process of being proven and those already
having an index. The public came in droves to see the 18 future champions that were
presented, amongst which they could find great promises for the future such as TINOR,
ABELIX, CHABAL or UNO SC. All the remarks of the visitors focused on the phenotypic
qualities of the bulls that were shown, with their perfect functional traits (top
line and feet & legs), and the genetic diversity of the bulls that are being tested.
The two presentations formed the topics of that day. The great variety of breeders
that visited La Roche-sur-Yon have certainly appreciated the enormous diversity
of the genetics offered by Genes Diffusion, which, amongst others, combine phenotype
and genomics at the highest level. For all breeding problems there is bound to be
a solution… a quality solution, thanks to, in particular, genetics which provide
higher economic value and facilitates herd management (light births, pleasant character,
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