EMBRYOS produced by three carefully selected matings from top donors in the world-famous Holden Hereford ranch in Montana, USA, are currently winging their way across the Atlantic to the UK.
Purchased by the Douglas family to inject fresh Line One Hereford genetics from high performance individuals in the Holden herd, the embryos will be implanted into a programmed group of Ervie heifers at the start of August aiming to produce a calf crop in May next year.
“We’re extremely excited to have secured these pairings and I’m confident the cattle are an absolute fit for our herd,” explains John Douglas. “Obviously, high individual yearling weight is our first selection, but this always has to be balanced with structural correctness and muscle pattern, birth weight and calving ease, female milkiness, udder suspension and teat size, and male scrotal size.”
Holden Herefords genetics are in big demand from US cattle ranchers and beef breeders around the world. Their annual ranch bull sale in March this year topped at $100,000 and averaged $12,740 for 121 Hereford bulls sold.
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