Breeding Beef with Dairy Brings New Value to Marketplace

By Brian Earnest and Corey Geiger

August 24, 2023

Key Points

  • Abysmally dry weather conditions across the U.S. have led to extensive culling in the beef cow herd and will tighten beef supplies for years to come.
  • Beef bulls cross-bred with dairy cows (beef x dairy) will benefit dwindling beef supplies, but the impact will be relatively small.
  • We expect the utilization of beef genetics in dairy will add a revenue stream for dairy producers, and adoption of beef x dairy should continue to grow.
  • Feeders and packers that feed and process 100% dairy-bred cattle currently could see their bottom lines improve when switching to beef x dairy, but those that feed high-quality 100% beef cattle may struggle to benefit from these technologies.
  • Moving forward, technology considerations such as specified mating decisions can lead to more consistent, healthier, higher-quality product to support producers down the beef supply chain.

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