Kingsville, Texas -- Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) announces the delivery dates for National Santa Gertrudis Steer Feedout # 14. Purebred and percentage Santa Gertrudis steers born in the Fall of 2009 should be delivered to King Ranch Feedyard, Kingsville, Texas, during the week of July 12-16, 2010.

The National Steer Feedout was initiated in the Fall of 2003 as part of an ongoing breed im-provement goal to identify and recognize superior feedlot per-formance and carcass merit with-in the Santa Gertrudis breed. To date, over 1550 steers representing 145 sires have en-tered the program. Breeders have gained invaluable insight into the actual commercial value of their cattle and the changes needed to improve that value. In turn, they are able to offer a better product to their commercial bull buyers backed up by actual feedlot and carcass data.

In addition to its value to indi-vidual breeders, the National Steer Feedout program has con-tributed to the breed's genetic evaluation efforts and develop-ment of its first carcass EPDs being published in 2005. Actual carcass data is combined with ultrasound data to produce car-cass EPDs for Hot Carcass Weight, Rib-Eye Area, Marbling and Back Fat. Eventually, this data will be combined with DNA test results to produce even more accurate carcass EPDs.

Participation in the feedout program is restricted to steers with at least one registered Santa Gertrudis parent. Top performing sire groups are recognized at the breed's annual membership meet-ing each spring. For further in-formation on the National Santa Gertrudis Steer Feedout and Nomination Forms, contact SGBI at 361-592-9357; [email protected] or contact Performance Committee Chairman, Robert Silva at 918-470-5371.


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