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.


Defining breeding objectives for beef cattle is a difficult task, especially for cattle under extensive grazing, as described by the authors in this Session. In considering economic aspects, Wilton points out the poor feedback among different sectors of the industry (such as among cow-calf producers, store cattle farmers and finishing operators; also between commercial and pedigree herds). Farmers with different breeds contributing to crossbred cattle also appear to receive poor market signals.