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How Sire Selection Impacts Profitability

The purchase of a sire is a major investment, both financially and in terms of the genetic contribution he will have on your herd. A bull contributes 50% of his genetic material to each calf but the number of calves he sires dramatically increases the magnitude of a bull’s contribution to your herd.

The Beef CRC estimates that 80 to 85 percent of genetic improvement in a herd comes from bull selection. A bull kept for five years has the potential to sire anywhere from 100 to 300 calves with his female progeny being kept for anywhere up to 10 years.

Therefore, a bulls direct influence on a beef enterprise would last 15 years.

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