Nordic cooperation


While NAV carries out joint genetic evaluation and breeding value publication for dairy breeds, the official beef breed genetic evaluations are currently carried out nationally by the three member countries Denmark, Finland and Sweden (DFS). Thus, national official beef breeding values are published by SEGES, Faba or Växa Sverige on their national web pages.

However, NAVs member countries are participating jointly in Interbeef - the international genetic evaluation for beef cattle carried out by Interbull Centre. The aim with Interbeef is the same as with Interbull, thus to be able to compare breeding values for animals from different parts of the world and facilitate selection of the best bulls worldwide. For Interbeef, each participating member sends in raw performance data and pedigree. Data from each member is then treated as a separate trait in an international genetic evaluation and resulting breeding values will be published on each member countries own scale. The ranking on different country scales might be different, thus a bull that is genetically best in country A might not be best in country B.

The ideas behind the joint Nordic participation in Interbeef are firstly, to increase the Nordic cooperation in beef cattle genetic evaluation, something which could be extended in the future to make selection more efficient and secondary, to make best use of available resources for development.

At the moment the following countries participate in Interbeef: Czech Republic, DFS (Denmark, Finland and Sweden), France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and United Kingdom. However, all countries don't participate in evaluation of all breeds. So far, official Interbeef breeding values are only available for Adjusted Weaning Weight (AWW), Birth Weight (BWT) and Calving Ease (CAE) direct and maternal effects for the breeds Charolais, Limousin and Simmental.

For Interbeef results on DFS scale see under Interbeef publication.

Interbeef evaluations will be carried out twice a year and since several development projects are undertaken within Interbeef the genetic evaluation will be extended in the future to include more traits and breeds.

Interbeef is a sub-committee of ICAR (International Committee for Animal Recording) so some more information can be found there.