Opportunity in value-added dairy-beef calves

Opportunity in value-added dairy-beef calves

Aerica Bjurstrom

WI Beef Information Center

Genomics has changed the face of the livestock industry. Culling decisions can now be made on a computer without even seeing the animal. Genomics has also created opportunity decisions. The biggest by-product of the dairy industry is the Holstein bull calf. Raising Holstein steers can be a profitable venture when beef prices are favorable, but just like any commodity, volatility is a challenge to manage.

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