Upload Alert: Semen & Embryo Directory Online

by Joe Mask | Published February 21, 2013

Are you in need of superior Beefmaster genetics? Look no further than the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) International Beefmaster Semen and Embryo Directory. This directory is distributed annually to target our international Beefmaster breeders and connect our international partners with Beefmaster genetics located in the United States.

If you are reading this blog post then today is your lucky day because the directory is provided below through an electronic reader. It has a lot of pictures and numbers! You can also find it in the international section of Beefmasters.org.

Current Beefmaster breeders can use this document to make sound Beefmaster service sire selections for your future breeding decisions. As you will see, the directory provides important performance data and/or Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) on each bull. This will allow you to make balanced breeding decisions by including performance traits such as birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, or milk as well as reproductive decisions using total maternal and scrotal circumference information.

Not a current Beefmaster breeder? Not sure you want to make the leap into Beefmaster genetics? Then let’s discuss the Beefmaster background and how the Beefmaster breed can improve the efficiency and profitability of your herd.

Tom Lasater, founder of the Beefmaster breed, used Hereford, Shorthorn and Brahman cattle to form the perfect three-way cross that was superior to other cattle. Beefmaster cattle, recognized as a breed by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1954, were selected following Lasater’s ‘Six Essentials’. The ‘Six Essentials’ consist of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

Disposition: Beefmasters are known for their calm nature and ease of handling. They are cattle with great dispositions that are a pleasure to work while improving herd profitability.

Fertility: For a female to remain in the herd, she should calve each and every year weaning an acceptable calve. Producers with a Beefmaster female, regardless of purebred or cross, will have a very functional cow to do just that. Let’s not forget about the bull. A bull’s fertility will be passed directly to his offspring.

Weight: Research and experience have shown that Beefmasters provide higher daily weight gain averages at weaning and yearling stages than other competitive breeds offer.

Conformation: Beefmaster breeders also recognize that yield grade is important. Lasater knew that animals that produce carcasses which yield the most pounds of tender, lean beef per unit of live weight demonstrated the ideal conformation.

Milk Production: Milk and maternal traits are part of the genetic strength of Beefmaster cattle in the United States.  In some regions of Central and South America, milk production from these animals is a second source of income for the owners.

Hardiness: Beefmasters adapt to heat with short hair and will grow longer hair coats in colder climates. Fleshy, heavily muscled Beefmasters provide strong heat tolerance. They also flourish in cold mountainous terrain.

Man, what a versatile breed! The females are “super moms” and the bulls produce high conformation and daily weight gain. Why would you not buy into these great genetics? Well, you can start today with the directory provided above, better start flippin’ and clickin’.

So consider this an invitation to a more profitable cattle operation. You are invited to incorporate Beefmaster genetics into your current program. So let’s get started because now you know that Beefmasters are simply more efficient, simply more profit.

If you would like a hard copy of the directory please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or email us at info@beefmasters.org.

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