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