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


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Published in Beef Research Program Progress Report (1985) No. 2: 3-4


Two alternatives for breeders to match cattle resources with other production resources and market requirements are (1) identify a breed that is a good fit for the production requirements or (2) use systematic crossing of breeds that will complement each other most effectively to provide for the most profitable combination of characteristics. In either alternative, selection within breeds can be used to change the genetic values of specific traits to increase adaptability to the production system. The study reported here evaluates the genetic relationships among growth and carcass traits and assesses responses expected from selection.