Selecting Cattle

Understanding Phenotype & Genetic Expression & Nutrition In Livestock Production


As I have studied the philosophies and accomplishments of many of the world’s greatest stockmen I have learned the common denominator was their desire to produce an animal that was extremely functional in its environment. Grasping their thought processes for selection, management and breeding practices have been both mentally challenging and rewarding for me. While not always blatantly apparent, I came to understand that in order to produce cattle with the genetic ability to exhibit and recreate the correct body type ultimately requires the right nutrition, even prior to conception.


May 16th, 2011|Genectics, Health, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Muscle Mass: High Carcass Yield

The beef animal that has a high yielding carcass will not work in the feed lot system for the prescribed time of 150 days without becoming a yield grade 4-5 or greater. The high yielding carcass animal has multiple characteristics for utilization of feed stuffs through digestive abilities that the average animal does not possess today; this animal also has natural fat deposits that are requirements for grass performance; however the feed lot industry discriminates against that fat. Today no breeder I know of selects for this body type or fat, there are no market for these cattle except in the grass feeding industry.

September 16th, 2009|Genectics, Grass Fed Beef, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Art of Breeding Devon-Purity

There are an estimated 100-million beef and dairy cows and calves of all breeds in America. What is more significant than numbers for a true student of Devon breeding is the average value of the animals produced each year and what they contribute to the quality of meat and milk production. Accurate statistics covering that point are not easily come by.

May 16th, 2009|Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

The Secret to Producing Gourmet Beef on Grass

There was a time when it was enough just to say “I’m a cowman”. Thanks to people like Allan Nation and Jim Gerrish, we came to realize that the term “grass farmer” another way of looking at our calling. But the term “grass farmer” short-changed the animal in the equation. A cow is far more than just a “grass harvester”.


March 18th, 2008|Genectics, Grass Fed Beef, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

Looking for the Perfect Herd Bull?

Where can you find a superior bull that will make your herd stand out? I suggest you start by looking at the cows you have right now!


May 18th, 2007|Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

“Butter Fat”…The Missing Element…Part 2

Sometimes I’m called “old-fashioned”. That’s alright. Sometimes I’m called worse.

But to confirm what my critics think, let me admit that on this subject of Butter Fat, I’m stuck somewhere in about the 7th Century. The truth is that way back then people understood the importance of butter fat and, more than that, they knew the kind of cows that would produce the most butter fat.


April 18th, 2007|Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments

The Missing Element (Butter Fat)

It’s not the strongest of the species that survives.
It’s not the most intelligent. It’s the one most responsive to change.
— Charles Darwin


March 18th, 2007|Genectics, Selecting Cattle|0 Comments