Beef Cattle Selection. California State Standards Animal Science Pathway D5.1 Evaluate a group of animals for desired qualities and discern among them for breeding selection. . Question of the Day: What hybrid did we “create” in class yesterday? Objective:
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California State Standards
Animal Science Pathway
D5.1 Evaluate a group of animals for desired qualities and discern among them for breeding selection.
Cow (older than 3 years)
Heifer (Younger than 3 years)
3 traits to evaluate:
What are the 3 traits we are evaluating for in breeding beef cattle?
What are the 3 things we look for to show us capacity?
Where are two places to look for muscling?
4 was the most capacious and had the best feet and leg structure. Additionally, she had the straightest, most level topline and was the widest at her stifle.
1 was also very capacious and had a level topline, however she was slightly more cow-hocked from behind and narrower at her stifle, so she went second.
3 was no where near as capacious as 1 or 4 because she was shallower through her ribs, even though she was level through her topline and stood on square feet and legs.
2 simply couldn’t compare with the class. She was the lightest muscled as shown through her quarter and has the least capacity since she was short bodied and narrow from topline to the bottom of her rib.