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Dairy and Beef: A Merger of Many Merits


Beef-on-dairy breeding is a phenomenon that has boomed at a breathtaking pace in the United States, according to Dr. Zeb Gray, Technical Feedlot Specialist for Diamond V.


Gray, who has deep roots in beef production, from the cow-calf phase through post-

harvest meat science, said the practice is changing the landscape of the U.S. beef industry – probably permanently.


Data from the National Association of Animal Breeders indicates beef genetics are being swapped for dairy semen at an impressive clip. From 2018-2022, beef semen sales in the United States rose by about 5 million doses, while sales of dairy semen dropped by nearly an identical number.


By MAUREEN HANSON

December 8, 2023

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