Understanding Expected Progeny Differences for Genetic Improvement in Commercial Beef Herds - AS1770
The beef seedstock business is large, and commercial beef producers have many opportunities to purchase bulls that meet the criteria established in their breeding plans. Breed selection and type vary considerably, and this diversity helps keep a strong genetic base in the beef business. Current bull buyer selection tools include visual traits evaluated by the buyer, as well as performance and genetic information.
NDSU Extension Agents encourage the use of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) to maximize profitability and efficiency.
A review of the advantages for calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season.
New breeding techniques continue to progess. Here is a review of the latest techniques and those that may be coming.
Breeding systems that utilize natural-service bulls to breed estrus-synchronized females may offer opportunities to get females pregnant earlier in the breeding season, have calves born earlier in the calving season and possibly increase weaning weight of calves born to synchronized females.
Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist