A breeding value is the value of an individual as a parent. This is precisely what breeding stock herds sell. It is the value of the progeny from their breeding stock in the herd of the buyer that is the issue. As specification of product becomes more important in the beef industry, breeders can be merchandizing breeding value. Beef breeders are selling a product that must transmit a sample half of its germ plasm to progeny before the result is realized. Commercial producers sell pounds, not breeding value, but they need to buy breeding value as well as combine breeds in logical combinations to obtain the crossbred advantages especially for the reproductive complex. Thus, both the commercial and breeding stock producer can benefit from understanding the concept of breeding value. The purpose of this paper is to define and describe the breeding value concept and to examine ways to use the concept in practice.
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Willham, R. L., "What the Breeder Sells and the Producer Buys: Breeding Value" (1978). South Dakota Cow-Calf Field Day Proceedings, 1978. 3.