As the beef industry continues looking for top quality animals for both feed efficiency and carcass merit, utilizing beef sires may provide you with a valuable revenue stream.
Semex's Beef Up lineup takes the guess work out of implementing a beef-on-dairy program, by identifying those beef sires that will net a highly desirable and marketable cross. Our beef-on-dairy program is designed to maximize revenue and proﬁt from the total calves born, regardless of your operation’s size. The program is based on total replacement females needed and the opportunity to obtain premium dollar from dairy or crossbred calves.
Implementing a beef-on-dairy program with Semex is easy. Your Semex Genetic Advisor works with your management team, analyzing your operation and discussing your genetic goals.
We work with you to implement a beef-on-dairy program, helping you select the best genetics for your herd, with many dairies utilizing genomic testing on either all or part of the herd. This important genetic information can be incorporated into the SemexWorks™ sire selection tool and our OptiMate™ mating program, providing a more accurate picture of your herd’s genetics.
Semex’s beef-on-dairy program offers flexibility. We recommend breeding top cows and heifers to elite bulls with sexed semen to improve the genetics returning to your herd. And, conversely you can choose to breed less profitable cows to Semex Beef Up sires, with the resulting animals being sold for beef.
When the crossbred calves are born, you can then decide whether selling them immediately or raising to market weight is best for you. Some producers choose to sell the calf on day one because they do not have the space or cash ﬂow to feed the calf to ﬁnish. Other producers with the space, time and money may keep the calf and feed it until marketing, either as a feeder calf or to full market weight to receive a higher premium.
Crossing Beef Up sires on dairy breeds can help add value to bull calves and non-replacement heifers. The beef industry desires top-quality animals for feed efﬁciency and carcass merit.
Semex's Beef Up program can assist producers to increase their bottom lines and maximize proﬁt with each calf born.
Based on article published in a Progressive Dairyman publication.