- Apr 26, 2005
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- Ft. Collins, CO
farmerD44-This is a prime example of why cattle selection (Bulls particularly) must involve study, observation, knowledge and research! The specific genes which comprise the Angus Breed centralize and concentrate on the Production and Maternal Traits, and the Angus Breed does that very well! The several Continental Breeds, on the other hand, are comprised of traits that focus on Carcass, and broad, thick, deep Phenotype appearance - hindquarters that are thick, wide and deep and shoulders and loins in similar manner.We have some nice looking cattle from both of these lines but they definetely don't have the hind end that our simmentals do
For the above genetic reasons, cross breeding and Composites are becoming the desired method of acquiring the feedlot cattle that are bringing higher prices and satisfying demands of those who feed the world. The swine breeders learned that lesson years ago, as did the poultry breeders. Now it is OUR turn to bury our past prejudices concerning "Favorite Breeds" and start producing BEEF CATTLE!