Good genetics help to increase profitability

May 2007
Farmers Weekly;5/25/2007, Vol. 146 Issue 21, Special Section p10
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the importance of the Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to help British farmers ensure that they select beef cattle with good genetics to increase their profitability. It suggests the use of the Calving Ease Direct EBV and the Maternal Calving Ease EBV. It recommends the Muscle Depth EBV and the Muscle Area EBV to determine the quality of carcass. It notes that farmers should compare the sheep's performance to identify important traits.


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