Breeding Beefmaster's with Superior Genetics for Beef
Production and Profitability"
WHY SHOULD YOU
BEEFMASTER GENETICS INTO YOUR HERD?
A Beefmaster is a product of the original Bos Indicus/Bos
Taurus combination which was selected for functional,
reproductive and production efficiency as explained in the six
point plan by Tom Lasater. The six point plan entails the
From an economical viewpoint this is the most important trait
for selection and is breed into the Beefmaster bull & cow. A heifer/cow must breed as soon as possible and must
suckle a calf every year under natural feeding conditions. If
not, she must be culled immediately. Bulls must also be kept
under the same circumstances and must have the ability and
libido to perform and to mate with the cows. The benefit is a
more fertile and productive herd with more conception and calves
resulting in more money at the sale barn.
Good natured cattle tend to breed earlier, are easier and
cheaper to handle and have a better growth rate. This will
result in a higher income. This principle is believed to be
valid under both natural and feedlot conditions. Wild cattle are
difficult not only to handle but prone to injury not only to
themselves but to you or others.
Animals with a heavier mass and greater growth rate kept
under the same circumstances as the others, are animals which
will make the breeder a greater profit. Beefmaster's have been
subjected to performance testing for more than 50 years and it
is still a prerequisite for breeding Beefmaster's. The benefit
of heavier weaning calves means more dollars at sale time.
Condition is the result of
functionality: Bulls must be well muscled, cows must be feminine
and produce small calves at birth. Ease of calving is very
important. The benefit of low birth weights, heavy weaning
weights and correct conformation can not be over emphasized as
this will produce profits at the time of sale.
Hardy animals have the ability to stay healthy and productive
under various farming and climatic conditions. This means
smaller losses and higher profits.
A cow must have enough milk to produce a weaned calf with a good
body mass, despite the nutritional conditions under which the
cow and calf were kept.
The Beefmaster breed was, and still is being bred and
developed around these six essential requirements. The
Beefmaster is currently the fastest growing breed in America.
Throughout the Beefmaster's history the aim has always been to
produce meat. The best cattle produce a high quality meat at the
lowest cost. The value of the Beefmaster bloodline is precious
because it continuously produces more meat at a lower cost.
Beefmaster's are measured by setting definite objectives and
not by manís preconceived ideas of what cattle should look
like. Beefmaster's will vary phenotypically according to their
climate and feeding conditions, but will always have one thing
in common. They are selected for the fact that they are a profit