Shane Bedwell Says Breeding Genetics Improvements Moving At The Speed of LightMon, 16 Mar 2020 10:39:08 CDT
On today’s Beef Buzz, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talks with Shane Bedwell, COO and Director of Breed Improvement for the American Hereford Association. I caught up with Bedwell as he was judging the heifer classes at this year’s Oklahoma Youth Expo.
Bedwell said we’re moving “at the speed of light” in fine tuning cattle genetics.
We’re making rapid progress in genetic evaluation tools, Bedwell said. This is giving us more accurate predictions and is a great start to expected progeny differences.
Bedwell said this is a great opportunity for Hereford producers to highlight their cattle genetics in terms of longevity, hardiness, durability and docility. It’s all tied together in a pretty good package for producers.
We’re seeing a lot of success by our breeders selling bulls into commercial cow herds that need genetic variety, Bedwell said.
He expects during the next five years we will continue to see increases in the efficiencies that Herefords are known for.
Bedwell added he is optimistic we will get through the current economic downturn and he sees a lot of promise in the market the next 6 to 8 months.
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