Dan’s Cow-Calf Corner Selection for Growth and Carcass Merit

Mark Z. Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist — After considering what traits are most economically important to us in our own production and marketing system. Bull selection is critical to maximize the genetic potential of future calf crops to perform in those traits. This week we look specifically at the EPDs we should consider when improving growth and/or carcass merit are among our selection priorities. Selection pressure should be applied based on the intended marketing endpoint of our calf crop. EPDs for Growth Weaning Weight (WW) – expressed in pounds, a predictor of a sire’s ability…

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