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.


Beef performance programs have come a long way since their start after World War II as a means of within-herd improvement. Now performance programs can be used to rank young animals on all the available information across all the herds of a breed. Opportunity exists to design and conduct performance programs that can be used to promote the breed, enhance management decision making, and make real genetic change in the breed.