Breeding Square Meaters
As purebreds or as part of a crossbreeding program Square Meaters offer opportunities for improving herd performance. There are two forms of breeding; straight breeding (purebred) and cross breeding. (Cross breeding has multiple levels of breeding that can be undertaken.)
The selection of the appropriate program relates to issues including;
- Size of herd
- Size of property and availability of paddocks
- Commercial objectives
No matter which breeding program that might be pursued the basic principles and objectives remain the same.
Continuous improvement of a herd’s performance is the principle aim of any purebred breeding programme. Increasing the efficiency of production and the quality of the end product in terms of customer satisfaction are fundamental objectives to be pursued.
Genetic selection is the principle method of improving breed traits to fulfil the fundamental objectives.
The benefits of straight (purebred) breeding are that it potentially provides
- Animals for finishing
- Sires for the further development of the breed (Only structurally sound Bulls with exemplary true to type characteristics should be maintained)
- Replacement females (Only superior quality females should be selected as replacement females for the herd.)