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Beef

Generate more money for your dairy from the beef industry. By utilizing high yielding beef genetics, you can increase the value of your calf crop without sacrificing calving ease, terminate less profitable bloodlines and add a revenue stream to your dairy. Beef Yield™ makes it easy with an excellent lineup selected to match the needs of  your dairy and the world’s growing demand for feeder calves.

Beef Yield Traits:

  • High fertililty
  • Calving ease
  • Increased ribeye area
Beef Calf

Adding Profitability to Dairies with Beef-On-Dairy Cross

All producers are concerned about generating revenue and maximizing profit on their farm business.

WestGen’s Beef Yield™ brand signifies carefully selected beef sires for a beef-on-dairy cross. A beef-on-dairy program is designed to maximize revenue and profit from the total calves born on a dairy, regardless of operation size. The program is based on total replacement females needed and the opportunity to obtain premium dollar from the dairy or crossbred calves that are born.

Implementing a beef-on-dairy program can be fairly simple. The dairy’s management team begins by involving their WestGen Genetic Advisor who analyzes the operation and discusses the operation’s genetic goals. When a dairy moves forward with a beef-on-dairy program, the WestGen Genetic Advisor works with the dairy to select top genetics for the herd. Many dairies will also utilize genomic testing on either all or part of the herd. This information is then incorporated into SemexWorks™ sire selection tool and Optimate™ mating program, which can give a more accurate picture of the herd’s genetics.

With the beef-on-dairy program, there is flexibility in how the dairy operation wants to use the system. Breeding top cows and heifers to elite bulls with sexed semen improves genetics returning to the herd. On the same token, dairies select less profitable cows to be bred to Semex Beef Yield sires, with the resulting animals being sold for beef.

When the resulting crossbred calves are born, the producer has full control if they want to sell the animals on day one or grow the calves to a certain level until
marketing. Each option can give the producer added value to his or her operation. Some may choose to sell the calf on day one because they do not have the space or cash flow to feed the calf to finish. Other producers that have the space, time and money may choose to keep the calf and feed it until marketing, either as a feeder calf or to full market weight to receive a higher premium.

Crossing WestGen Beef Yield sires on dairy calves can help add value to bull calves and non-replacement heifers. The beef industry desires top-quality animals for feed efficiency and carcass merit. The beef-on-dairy program can assist producers to increase their bottom lines and maximize profit with each calf born.

Based on article published in a Progressive Dairyman publication

Beef Yield™ FAQ

Semex follows thorough protocol to produce only the highest quality semen through its Gold Standard production. All of the WestGen / Semex bulls have been selected for good scrotal development and we put an emphasis on ensuring only the best semen is released to the field for service.

CE is Calving Ease and BW is Birth Weight. These are two traits that are measured when a calf is born in a beef operations. BW is measured at birth and generally lower birth weight sires are easier calving but this is not always the case. This is where calving ease comes in. Some calves that are higher BW could also be higher (good) calving ease because of the shape of the calf born. For example a calf that is higher BW but is longer and narrower will have a higher (better) CE score then one that has a lower BW and made square and block shaped.

The Repromix product is excellent to increase conception rates in dairies. All three bulls in the “cocktail” have similar traits to allow breeders to increase fertility without sacrificing the breeding direction of their program.

The Beef Yield sires have been specifically selected to fit into dairy calf feeding market. These bulls MUST be low birth weight and have traits that will excel for the producers feeding them after birth.

Polled cattle are cattle that are born without horns but when a bull is polled and bred to a horned female the resulting calves will be a mix of both polled and horned progeny. Homozygous Polled cattle are also polled but when a bull is homozygous polled and bred to a horned female all resulting calves will be polled.

We have divided the bulls into three distinct groups which will produce very different calves. Once you have determined what type of calf you are looking to produce simply select a bull from the category that will fit your market.

All of the bull selected for this program rank exceptionally well for low birth weight within the breed they represent. While the environment and the female being bred contribute to the size of the calf, every effort has been made to ensure low birth weight sires are selected for this program.

With recent advancements in calf care, feeding, breeding, the wide use of sexed semen, many dairies have an overflowing pen of replacement heifers.