Selection indexes are valuable resources for cattle producers.
Hidden treasures for beef producers are the various breed association websites, which are the doorway to better understanding the performance of the cattle available within each breed.
The objective for beef cows is to produce a calf. About 15 to 20 percent of the calves are destined as replacements, so the remaining 80 to 85 percent of the calves go the feed yard as terminal cattle. Given that fact,
Selection indexes can help producers buy bulls destined to sire terminal calves.
If excelling in calf growth and maintaining a cost-effective cow herd is the goal, crossbreeding is an option.
Crossbreeding various breeds of cattle produced calves that are genetically varied. This expanded gene pool has positive benefits on calf survival, growth and subsequent reproduction as mature cattle.
The American Angus Association reports the fifth consecutive year of at least 300,000 registrations and 159,841 genomic tests submitted with the total genotyped animals in the database now 697,901.
Cattle breeding systems are the key to long-term, cost-conscious, efficient beef production.