If you are planning to breed cattle for the beef industry, you may be starting at the best time. Thanks to genetics, the beef industry is full of numerous beef cattle options many of which contribute unique, favorable genetic qualities. See for yourself below!
Popular Beef Breeds
Don’t be fooled—no two cattle breeds are the same. In fact, each breed has its own set of strengths and weaknesses based on their genetic makeup. Some cattle breeds mature earlier, some do better in colder climates versus warm climates or vice versa. If you are in the process of starting up a ranch of your own, you’ll want to first mark out your beef production strategy. This can consists of:
- Deciding on your cowherd goals
- Outlining your feed strategy (Grass-fed, grain-fed or grain-finished)
- Your finishing season
Secondly—and what may be the most crucial aspect— you’ll want to consider your geographical location. Climate is a big deciding factor in what cattle breeds are best for your ranch. So, consider the following breeds for the following climates:
For cold and dry climates, stick with a British or continental breed. These type of cattle can handle colder temperatures due to their body fat and hair growth work to conserve body heat. Some breeds that fall under British/continental include:
- Texas Longhorn
- Red Poll
If you are setting up shop in a warm, humid environment, then tropical breeds are the best option for you. Tropical breeds, which originate from Asia, are known for having a high tolerance against heat. In addition, they also are less prone to parasites. Some tropical breeds include:
Why We Stick With Angus
We are fans of this 100+ year old breed, not just for the meat it can yield, but from an investment perspective. Overall, angus might be one of the strongest investments you can spend your dollar on.
For starters, the breed can easily adapt to any climate. Even though this breed originated in Scotland, they can be bred nationwide unlike other cattle breeds. Second, they are highly efficient in converting feed to body mass. This helps contribute to better marbling as well as more tender cuts of beef. Third, angus have fewer pregnancy issues which means they don’t need as much assistance when a cow is calving. Lastly, Angus are low maintenance, docile in nature and are naturally polled so there is less probability for any injuries.
Come Meet our Certified Angus Sires and Donors
You need the right cattle to get your ranch off on the right foot. All of our Sires and Donors meet our strict breeding integrity philosophy. This way you are getting cattle that meet elite genetic standards and come from proven pedigrees