Crossbreeding Provides Benefits to Breeding Programs

Crossbreeding Provides Benefits to Breeding Programs

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Many commercial stockmen take advantage of heterosis (hybrid vigor) by crossbreeding. Research in the early 1900’s demonstrated the benefits, which include breed complementation (combining some of the desired traits from two or more breeds, to gain characteristics that were lacking in one of the parent breeds) and heterosis.

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