Adding to your Herd Management Toolbelt
Frontline Cattle Producer
Before we get started, it is important to understand that DNA is NOT just a tool for the seedstock producer. Identifying superior herd sires, selecting valuable replacement females and determining your herd’s genetic merit are all important strategies for any herd management operation. Each of these merits can be assisted with the use and implementation of DNA testing in your herd. Currently, advantages of DNA testing for commercial cow-calf ranchers to determine parentage of offspring is more cost effective than ever before. It may not be cost effective to test all offspring for most commercial producers, but in particular circumstances, it may pay to determine parentage.