beef calves, sire breed, video auctions


Objective:The objective was to characterize the potential change in the percentage of lots of beef calves sired by a single breed marketed via video auction from 2010 through July 14, 2017.

Study Description:Information describing factors about lots sold through a livestock video auction service (Superior Livestock Auction, Fort Worth, TX) was obtained in electronic format. Sire breed of a lot was determined based on the description provided by sellers. All calves in a lot were sired by a single breed and a minimum of 50 lots were required for the analysis. The Cochran-Armitage trend test was used to determine an increasing or decreasing trend over time with a P≤0.05 considered significant.

The Bottom Line:Producers marketing calves via video auction may be changing the genetics of their sires to use on a primarily black cow herd.


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