Animal Science Department

 

Date of this Version

11-2015

Citation

24th Range Beef Symposium, Nov. 17-19, 2015, Loveland, Colo.

Comments

Copyright 2015 Bob Weaber.

Abstract

The Power of Crossbreeding

  • Heterosis
  • Superiority of a crossbred animal as compared to the average of its straightbred parents
  • Especially maternal heterosis
  • Breed Complementarity
  • Selection of breeds for core traits that fill the other breed(s) shortcomings
  • Maternal crossbreds-­‐appropriate cow size/lactation for environmental fitness
  • Terminal crossbreds-­‐add value to calves in market place

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