Breed Profile: Beefmaster Breeders United The Best of Both Worlds
Published on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:30pm
Cattle prices are up and cattlemen are overall experiencing a good year. However, it can become expensive to purchase high-end replacement females to rebuild excellent cattle herds. This is the reason commercial cattlemen are demanding Beefmaster bulls to aid in producing and retaining superior replacement females within their herds.
“Beautiful females are what we are after and that’s what Beefmaster bulls do for us,” says Travis Brown of Lykes Brothers Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida.
Cattlemen understand that Beefmaster bulls are the best of both worlds by producing extremely fertile and functional females needed to rebuild America’s cowherds while simultaneously producing profitable and efficient feeder calves that deliver results necessary to thrive in today’s marketplace.
Beefmaster cattle optimize traits necessary to rebuild the nation’s cow herd due to their abilities to excel in fertility, docility and longevity. Commercial cattlemen understand the overall economic advantages and significant improvements in these traits and what it could offer to their beef operation. These include, but are not limited to, higher conception rate, more weaned calves per cow and reduced replacement heifer development costs.
Cattle producers appreciate high quality calves that Beefmaster females produce and the low input cost of replacement females, feedlot steers and bred cows. These high quality calves can be attributed to the 63% retained heterosis that the Beefmaster breed possesses.
The most scientifically proven way to create higher efficiency in beef production is utilizing maternal heterosis. To simply explain heterosis, it means hybrid vigor or crossbreeding. With crossbreeding almost every trait is improved. Newborn calves are more vigorous at birth, resulting in more live calves. Weaning weights on F1 crossbred calves on the average are 6% higher than ‘straight bred’ calves. As weaning weights are increased by 6% in a 100-head cow herd that normally wean 600 pound calves, the result is an extra 36 pounds per calf and overall an extra 3,600 pounds of calf weight to sell in today’s market place.
Crossbred females that result from a planned mating system where heterosis is optimized can positively impact herds due to the significant increase in calf survivability rates, giving the opportunity to newborns to become more vigorous, provide calves with stronger immune systems and capture relative growth advantages. These advantages better provide an opportunity to the cattlemen’s stock to produce more calves at heavier weights, which increases the overall opportunity for profit. From a planned crossbreeding standpoint, Beefmaster genetics on high-percentage British cattle will rapidly address adaptability and add superior maternal heterosis better than any other breed.
Cattle producers are able to appreciate the heterosis advantage of Beefmaster bulls but also appreciate the high-quality females which Beefmaster bulls produce. Beefmaster females and Beefmaster-influenced females will have the capabilities to excel in the hot Southern climate as well as the wet and the cool northern climates.
When rebuilding a herd the focus needs to be on maternal heterosis and the Beefmaster breed has the ability to provide 63% retained heterosis in Beefmaster cross calves, as well as provide a cattle producer with everything they need from docility to fertility and efficiency to longevity. Cattle producers get more bang for their buck with Beefmaster bulls and females — they are the best of both worlds.