Now may be the time to get a handle on the perpetual size race.
Producers need to use the management and genetics that fit their operation and adapt accordingly.
Even if individual animal identification numbers are not available for all the cattle in the inventory, the registration numbers available throughout the purebred business are critical and the heart of the breed association.
Commercial breeders can draw on more selection tools than ever before to improve the next generation of cows to match the market and ranch environments.
The process begins again each year by evaluating the genetics of the “keeper bulls” prior to going out and bidding on similar or better bulls.
Embedding the right EPD values for the chosen traits into the herd is critical for long-term genetic success.
Beef producers are meeting the demands of modern beef production and can look forward to future decades with optimism.
The solution is finding moderately sized cows that produce steers to meet current market desires and specifications.