Beef Sire Selection Program Being Offered to Dairy Producers

Garth Ruff, Beef Field Specialist, Ohio State University Extension

Dairy producers over the past few years have faced a variety of challenges: low milk prices, increased feed costs, and often a surplus of heifers to enter the herd. In an effort to manage heifer numbers and add value to bull calves, breeding dairy cows to beef sires has become a more popular and common practice than ever before.

With the increased focus on producing a higher value beef animal, it is important to understand what contributes to that value in terms of muscling, yield, and performance. Furthermore, we know that not every beef sire is the right fit for beef on dairy production, and it is important to identify those bulls with less desirable traits as well.

Join Ohio State University Extension on March 10 at 12:00 pm for a program titled “Beef Sire Selection for the Dairy Herd.” In this program, Allen Gahler, Extension Educator in Sandusky County and member of the OSU Extension Beef Team, will discuss which beef cattle EPD’s and traits to consider to maximize the value and marketability of crossbred beef on dairy calves.

This webinar is free to anyone interested in the topic and we ask that you register online at or