Santa Gertrudis Awards 2021

  2021 ARC NATIONAL BEST ELITE COW AWARDS

 This award category only considers actual performance data of participating cows. Participating cows should exhibit exceptional reproduction figures and other economically important traits such as maternal ability and pre-weaning growth rate (weaning weight). This award category is also contested, as in the past, among cows across all breeds and only one cow per breed will be crowned as the top female of each participating breed. Our valued partner, Farmers Weekly, have been the sole sponsor of this award category for 43 years in a row, which in itself is indeed praiseworthy.

Both registered and commercial cows are eligible to participate and specific qualification criteria include age at first calving; the average inter-calving period; days since the last calving; the completeness of records for weaning weights; performance records (Breeding Values) regarding wean direct and wean maternal; birth maternal (where available) and the number of calves with reliable weaning weights.

For commercial cows where no BLUP breeding values are available, the criteria evaluated include, in addition to criteria already mentioned, the weaning index of the cow’s calves individually as well as for all calves weaned. Additional criteria used to identify the best performing cow per breed include breeding values for birth and weaning; average efficiency index (if available); approval ratio (percentage of her progeny approved for registration by the relevant breeders’ society); reproduction index and the percentage of performance tested calves.

Table 1 lists the 16 ARC National Best Elite Cows with their respective performance figures, while Table 2 lists the owners of these cows.

Congratulations to all the recipients of awards in this class!

 

Table 1: 2021 ARC National Best Elite Cow Awards sponsored by Farmer’s Weekly 

 

Breed

 

Cow Id

 

Age

(years)

 

Number

calves

Age 1st calving

(months)

Avg

ICP1

(days)

Avg weaning index2 Birth weight EBV

(kg) 3

Weaning weight EBV

(kg) 4

Dir5 Dir6 Mat7
Santa Gertrudis DT 08 0236 13 10 23 383  – 1,20 24,0 3,0

1    Avg ICP   –  Average Inter-calving period  

2    Avg weaning index  –  Average Weaning Weight Index on calves  

3    Birth weight EBV –  Estimated Breeding Value for Birth Weight  

4    Weaning weight EBV   –  Estimated Breeding Value for Weaning Weight

5    Dir    – Estimated Breeding Value for Birth Weight Direct      

6    Dir    – Estimated Breeding Value for Weaning Weight Direct

7    Mat   – Estimated Breeding Value for Weaning Weight Maternal

 

 Table 2: The owners of the 2021 ARC National Best Elite Cow Awards 

Breed Cow Id Owner Town E-mail Cell no
Santa Gertrudis DT 08 0236 Dail van Rensburg Delareyville dail@cluesnet.co.za 082 809 8841
Dail van Rensburg

 

Santa Gertrudis DT 08 0236

2021 ARC NATIONAL PLATINUM BULL AWARDS

sponsored by GMPBasic

 Besides having exceptional performance figures themselves, bulls can only qualify for this award if they were bred from an Elite cow, therefore the saying that it is the “best from the best” award category. More than one bull per breed can be eligible for this award, although as a rule very few bulls qualify due to the stringent adjudication criteria. Eligible bulls must have received a Gold Merit certificate when they completed a Phase C test of the ARC and its dam had to receive her Elite cow status during the year in which the bull received his Gold Merit award. Eligible bulls also had to complete their Phase C tests between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. GMPBasic, one of the ARC’s valued partners, has been sponsoring this award category for seven years in a row now, a category that has been contested for 26 years already.

The 11 Platinum Award bulls are listed in Table 3 and the owners in Table 4.

Congratulations to all the recipients of awards in this class!

 

Table 3: 2021 ARC National Platinum Bull Awards sponsored by GMPBasic 

BULL DAM
 

Breed

 

Bull Id

 

ADG

index

 

FCR

index

 

Adjusted

Scrotum

circum.

 

Dam Id

 

Age

(years)

 

Calvings

 

AFC (months)

 

Avg ICP

(days)

Birth weight EBV

(kg)

Weaning weight EBV

(kg)

Dir Dir Mat
Santa Gertrudis M 19 0048 124 116 324 M 09 0062 12 9 38 354 2,60 18,0 8,0
HH 19 0029 123 115 346 VV 02 0128 19 15 27 388 1,00 12,0 4,0

 

Table 4: The owners of the 2021 ARC National Platinum Bull Awards 

Breed Bull Id Owner Town E-mail Cell no
Santa Gertrudis M 19 0048 Johan & Helene van der Merwe Ottosdal vasvat@lantic.net 071 380 3492
HH 19 0029 Howard Hobson Ladybrand pinekloof@gmail.com 082 410 2401

 

Helene, Kallie & Johan van der Merwe

 

Santa Gertrudis M 19 0048

 

Howard Hobson

 

Santa Gertrudis HH 19 0029

 

2021 ARC NATIONAL SPECIAL PERFORMANCE TEST CLASS

 Running for over four decades, this award category aims to recognise bulls with exceptional performance traits. Bulls which were awarded Gold or Silver merit certificates when they completed a standardised growth test (Phase C) of the National Beef Recording and Improvement Scheme during 2020 are eligible to compete in this award category. Residual Feed Intake or RFI, a trait that describes a bull’s ability to utilise feed efficiently, is also considered. Only one bull per breed is eventually identified to represent the entire breed and adjudication criteria includes both performance traits and functional efficiency. Every bull that participates on behalf of its breed is thus crowned as the overall national winner within the participating breed.

Table 6 lists the 17 bulls with their respective performance figures. Table 7 lists the owners of the bulls and their contact details.

Congratulations to all the recipients of awards in this class!

 

Table 6: 2021 ARC National Special Performance Test Class Awards

 

 

Breed

 

 

Bull Id

 

 

Birth date

 

Centre

Tested

 

 

ADG

 

 

FCR

 

 

RFI

 

Adjusted

Shoulder- /

*Hip Height

(mm)

 

Adjusted

Body

Length

(mm)

 

Adjusted

Scrotum

Circum.

(mm)

(g) Ind Kg/kg Ind
Santa Gertrudis FF 19 0056 27/11/2019 Vryburg 2527 151 4,76 122 -0,319 *1301 1476 359

 

 Table 7: The owners of the 2021 ARC National Special Performance Test Class Awards

Breed Bull Id Owner Town E-mail Cell no
Santa Gertrudis FF 19 0056 Juan Freeman Delareyville marius@ramref.co.za 084 549 4432

          

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