Introduction

Crossbreeding is one of the most beneficial management strategies for commercial beef production. Heterosis may significantly increase weaning weight per cow exposed with only a minor increase in energy consumed by cow-calf pairs. Exploiting heritable differences among breeds involves using breeds in specialized roles as sire and dam lines. Use of a terminal sire breed may further increase the amount of retail product produced per cow in the breeding herd. Beef producers may consequently derive economic benefits from capturing heterosis and use of specialized sire and dam lines in a planned crossbreeding system. The primary concern of this article is to discuss logistical factors affecting implementation of a crossbreeding system on an individual farm or ranch operation.

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