“Where’s the Seedstock Sector Headed?”

The following article is an opinion piece written by Jacob Mayer on the Cattle Call blog.

A Look into my not so Crystal Ball

By Jacob Mayer

“However, one technology that all too often gets overlooked is beef cattle’s only free lunch – crossbreeding and heterosis. It could be the savior for breed associations as maintaining genetic diversity is critical to the long term success of beef…”

A while back I read a short article by Troy Marshall titled “Where’s the Seedstock Sector Headed?” The piece really got me thinking. Mr. Marshall complimented breed associations for their past successes, looked at the current challenges, and speculated on their role in the future. He also commented that he was opposed to the road the pork industry has taken, which has “rendered [swine breed associations] largely irrelevant.” Long before I had even finished reading, I said to myself, “Isn’t that exactly the direction we are headed?”  Why you ask, well here is why:

Trend #1: Small Number, Large Size: Doing more with less
Trend #2: Eating Inside: Individual animal welfare
Trend #3: Dressed in Black: Too much emphasis on hybrids?

Click here to continue reading the full article and find out more on these three trends. Feel free to comment and leave your opinions for discussion.

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