beef production, 4-h club, manual, animal husbandry department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
The first and most important step in the baby beef phase is to select the type of calf that will make the most economical gains and finally dress out a highly desirable carcass. The success and profit of the enterprise will depend on the conformation, feeding ability and quality of the calf selected. Suitable feeder calves for profitable baby beef production are generally the offspring from sires and dams of good beef type and breeding. As a rule it does not pay the cattle feeder to feed out the calves of common or nondescript breeding for baby beef, as the fattened animal does not have quality sufficient to compete with the better bred, better finished baby beeves. Especially is this true in 4-H baby beef club work. Therefore, the stockman who desires to produce his own feeder calves should make careful selection of cows for his beef herd; they may or may not be purebred, but by all means use a good type purebred beef sire. If a good cow, bred to a good purebred beef, will produce a good calf; a better cow bred to a better bull will produce a better calf. (See more in text.)
McDonald, G. A., "Beef Production: A Manual for 4-H Club Members" (1942). SDSU Extension Circulars. 391.