Animal Science Department


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Published in 3rd World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, edited by Gordon E. Dickerson and Rodger K. Johnson, 4 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1986). Copyright © 1986 Board of Regents University of Nebraska.


Crossbreeding has become an accepted practice for beef cattle production. Hybrid vigor or heterosis of crosses among breed of English origin, such as Angus, Hereford and Shorthorn have been well documented. Crosses utilizing breeds of European and dairy breeding have not been well documented for beef production, particularly in the Southeastern part of the United States. As most of the Southeastern U.S. is heavily involved in one-calf programs an evaluation of crossbreds involving the use of British, European and dairy breeding is needed. This study is a portion of a comprehensive research project evaluating the performance of 5 dam breed groups over their first five years of production under two nutritional levels.