U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Service, Lincoln, Nebraska


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Published in Beef Research Program Progress Report (1982) No. 1: 7-8


The germ plasm base for beef cattle production in the United States has been broadened considerably during the last decade, primarily as a result of the development of appropriate quarantine facilities and procedures by the Canada Department of Agriculture that have provided for importing several new breeds of European origin. Also, the importation of new breeds, along with other factors, has stimulated interest in increased use for beef production of several breeds that have been available in North America for many years. The newly introduced breeds added to the breeds already available in the United States provide a wide range in performance characteristics in the cattle available for producing beef.