The Australian Brahman Breeders' Association (ABBA) and the National Beef Recording Scheme (NBRS) have developed the integrated pedigree and performance recording system - BRAHMAN BREEDPLAN.

Brahman breeders can record the performance of animals in their herd for important growth, fertility and carcase traits. This information is recorded with the animals' pedigree details. BREEDPLAN then combines the pedigree and performance information to estimate the breeding potential or genetic merit of each animal in the herd for these performance traits. The breeding potential of each animal is reported as an Estimated Breeding Value (or EBV) for each trait.

BREEDPLAN is designed to be used as a management aid to help cattle breeders improve the genetic merit and profitability of their herds. It concentrates on those traits of real commercial importance that can be improved by selection and aims to provide breeders with measures that rank animals within the breed in order of merit for those traits.

The Brahman BREEDPLAN Analysis

In July each year all of the performance data that has been recorded on Brahman in Australia is analysed and updated EBVs are calculated for all animals on the Brahman file.

The traits currently analysed are:

Growth Fertility Carcase
Milking Ability Days to Calving Carcase Weight
Birth Weight Scrotal Size Eye Muscle Area
200 Day Growth   Rib and Rump Fat Depth
400 Day Weight   Retail Beef Yield %
600 Day Weight    
Mature Cow Weight    

A Sire Summary is then published which lists EBVs for many of the widely used Brahman sires in Australia. In addition, the EBVs are made available via the Association’s Internet Solutions enquiry service – access from the Association’s home page.

GROUP Herd Reports

Following the running of the Brahman GROUP BREEDPLAN analysis, a herd report is sent to all members of Brahman BREEDPLAN who have submitted weights during the previous year. It includes EBVs for all calves (born in recent years) that have been performance recorded in your herd and their sires and dams.

It also provides genetic trend tables for the breed and for the individual herd. The trend tables enable the breeder to compare the current genetic level of his herd with the breed average for each trait. A percentile band table is also provided. This report allows the breeder to identify the relative ranking of animals within the breed.


Brahman GROUP BREEDPLAN EBV Percentile Table

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EBVs Explained

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EBV Enquiry

Search the Brahman database for animals fitting particular EBV criteria. Also view the current Breed Average EBVs (please note files will open in a new window)

More information

Tropical Beef Technology Services (TBTS)

Contact TBTS for technical advice and assistance regarding BREEDPLAN. TBTS Technical Officers can visit on farm where applicable and also run a series of workshops regarding genetic technologies.

The TBTS website provides up to date technical and event information as well as providing links to the Tropical breed’s databases. More information on BREEDPLAN including Tip Sheets and technical documents is also available. (please note files will open in a new window)


For enrolment and performance submission enquires please contact the BREEDPLAN office. (please note files will open in a new window)