Date of this Version
Cornhusker Economics, February 3, 2016, agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics
Choosing the right bull for your herd is a complex decision involving many factors including the type of person you are, the type of cows in your herd, and the type of calf you are marketing. If you are only interested in producing terminal market animals you would likely select a herd sire strictly for growth and carcass qualities. Whereas, if you sell weaned calves and keep your own replacement females, you may be more likely to focus on bulls with more maternal traits.