The TBTS project began in August 1997 after it was recognised that the level of BREEDPLAN performance recording in tropical seedstock herds was at a far lower rate compared to their British and European breed counterparts.
Today, the TBTS project is into its sixth phase (2016 to 2021) with the continued support of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) and the seven breed societies listed below. The primary aim of the TBTS project is to provide the Northern Beef Industry with innovative extension services and technical support to maximise understanding and use of the different genetic technologies that are available. Specifically, the TBTS objectives are:
- Develop and undertake extension initiatives for the Northern Australia seedstock sector based on the availability of genomics tests for fertility in the Brahman breed, the outcomes of the Brahman BIN project and the “Repronomics” project.
- Provide support to Beef Information Nucleus (BIN) projects in Northern Australia. This includes overseeing data collection, formatting and submission to the appropriate breed association and BREEDPLAN to ensure data integrity and quality.
- Provide technical support to assist the implementation of new, and increase the uptake of existing, genetic improvement technologies in Northern Australian seedstock herds and associated breed societies.
- Build capacity in extension and support of genetic improvement technologies, primarily in the use of the BREEDPLAN products in the commercial breeding sector.
- Facilitate structured collaboration with relevant industry bodies on extension initiatives and messages related to genetic improvement technologies.
- Undertake extension activities targeted at commercial producers to increase the knowledge and understanding of BREEDPLAN and related technologies. Existing networks and programs will be utilised.
The stakeholders in the TBTS project are: