Hybrid stock bulls

FarmerDanny1989

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Livestock Farmer
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Scotland
Iv noticed a number of people now breeding hybrid bulls rather than pedigree, I’m on the hunt for 4 new stock bulls (replacing my lims over next 2 years) and I wondered do they breed as well as pedigree, what’s the pros and cons? I’v seen blue X Blondes which I really like the look of.
 

egbert

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Iv noticed a number of people now breeding hybrid bulls rather than pedigree, I’m on the hunt for 4 new stock bulls (replacing my lims over next 2 years) and I wondered do they breed as well as pedigree, what’s the pros and cons? I’v seen blue X Blondes which I really like the look of.
from experience with rams...
crossbred sires will give you progeny with a wide variety of traits from sires differing parents.
 

muleman

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Iv noticed a number of people now breeding hybrid bulls rather than pedigree, I’m on the hunt for 4 new stock bulls (replacing my lims over next 2 years) and I wondered do they breed as well as pedigree, what’s the pros and cons? I’v seen blue X Blondes which I really like the look of.
I wouldnt be worried about using a crossbred, they breed every bit as consistent as a pure if not more so. ....only thing is the colour of the calves can be anything but that doesnt really matter if the conformation is right, they are cheaper to buy aswell which is a major plus.
 
I wouldnt be worried about using a crossbred, they breed every bit as consistent as a pure if not more so. ....only thing is the colour of the calves can be anything but that doesnt really matter if the conformation is right, they are cheaper to buy aswell which is a major plus.
If using hybrid bulls, and color is important then the color genetics and back ground color genetics of the bull are important. Having said than a number of breeds, BB and Simmie have a range of color genetics. I worked on a farm that had used a Simmie bull over LimXHols cows, the bull, as it turns out was hetro for all the color traits that Simmies have, the end result was 16 different color combinations in the resulting calves.
 

MJT

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Bought a Lim X BB last year , which was basically a real heavily muscled lim but a lot cheaper , calving has been an absolute doddle and calves look very uniform so very pleased . As for colour , he’s a black bull , and all calves have either been jet black or red.
 

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...
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