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Profitable Beefmaster Females


Commercial cattlemen enjoy discussing the pros and cons of different beef breeds around the braai and elsewhere and often the arguments are based on individual likes and dislikes. Although I strongly believe that you need to love the animals you farm with, your choice of breed should not be entirely subjective.

We all want to make a profit on our farms and therefore need to produce beef efficiently. No matter whether you are producing your weaners on sweet or sour veld, or from any mix of veld, pastures and lands, efficient, productive females are the cornerstone of any profitable beef enterprise. Tom Lasater, the highly respected cattleman and founder of the Beefmaster breed, came up with what he considered to be the “Six Essentials” of profitable beef production. They have become well known and are: Fertility, Disposition, Weight, Conformation, Hardiness and Milk Production.

Extract from SA Studbook Annual Report - 2016
BREED BIRTH WEIGHT WEANING WEIGHT COW AT WEANING COW EFFICIANCY % AGE FIRST CALVING INTER CALVING PERIOD
Angus 34.0 224.1 541 41.4 31.3 418.6
Beefmaster 33.8 224.5 509 44.1 30.6 404.6
Bonsmara 34.3 210.3 506 41.6 31.4 413.7
Boran 28.8 185.8 423 43.9 33.6 436.5
Drakensberger 34.1 220.1 507 43.4 34.1 424.1
Hereford 36.4 201.7 568 35.5 31.9 391.3
Nguni 25.8 148.3 366 40.5 32.3 415.4
Sussex 37.2 216.1 585 36.9 32.4 408.3
Tuli 30.8 176.6 429 41.2 34.9 423.0

 




 

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