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PostSubject: selection at weaning   Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:37 am

Are there any breeders that describe their selection as ~90% complete at weaning with the postweaning development to simply cull the tail end that don't perform at all?

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PostSubject: Re: selection at weaning   Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:42 pm

I can say that for the bull candidates and steers that by weaning 90% of the selection is done. Bad disposition or other traits may still get a bull turned into beef.
The heifers first cut comes at weaning with handling ease playing a large part follow by performance and visual appraisal and pedigree. The heifers are cut again at breeding time for handling ease, visual appraisal, and performance and any opens after breeding season are sold.
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PostSubject: Re: selection at weaning   Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:47 pm

I cull the small and the large and keep the middle. The others are both disappointing in the end.
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