Animal Husbandry Department
cattle breeding, animal husbandry
Long-range research, designed to help cattlemen improve their herds, is under way in South Dakota. This publication reports the progress to elate on this research in beef cattle breeding. The breeder of purebred beef cattle should guide his breeding program according to the demands of various groups-commerical producer, feeder, packer, consumer. It is important that he consider the wants of each. The commerical producer has certain requirements in terms of conformation and weaning or yearling weights. The feeder has certain requirements in terms of conformation and rate and efficiency of gain. The packer has certain requirements in terms of yield and carcass quality. The consumer expresses his preference in terms of such things as quality, size of cut, and amount of fat. Satisfying all these demands is not easy, and it may be that complete satisfaction for all is impossible. Research in progress is concerned with study methods that might help the breeder come closest to satisfying all these demands.
South Dakota State State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Dinkel, C. A. and Musson, A. L., "Beef Cattle Breeding Research in South Dakota" (1956). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 127.