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Brahman genetics provide relief for drought-stricken herds

| September 11, 2012
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Two summers of dire drought conditions in a vast majority of the U.S. has made drought relief a hot topic among the nation’s cattlemen. The importance of selecting cattle that fit the environment is more apparent now than ever before, especially considering the extremely hot and dry conditions, limited forage and high feed prices that have driven cattlemen to disperse their herds. Yet, even with the undesirable weather pattern, herd dispersal can be avoided. In fact, it has been avoided. Many Brahman and Brahman F-1 breeders have taken advantage of the American Brahman’s drought tolerance to keep their business afloat.

Nationwide, the value of “eared” genetics, especially in cow herds, is taking on a whole new meaning. As the No. 1 beef breed for heat tolerance, efficiency and hybrid vigor, American Brahman genetics are proven to increase drought resistance in their progeny. Brahman F-1s are even more adaptable, heat resistant and efficient than their non-Brahman parent.

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