Pedigreed Beef Cattle
A pedigree is an ancestral record of an individual animal. A
pedigree has value because it is a recording of knowledge. That knowledge can be promoted into additional value
because knowledge can contribute to the earning power of future progeny from an individual animal.
The registered beef cattle business can be highly rewarding as you form
and mold highly predictable genetic packages of breed-improving material into superior animals. Self satisfaction
comes through the accomplishment of producing genetically superior animals which you made possible through wise
The main goal and most valuable service a beef cattle
breed association provides to their membership is the recording of ancestry, or pedigrees. Pedigrees are a valuable
tool in livestock breeding because these ancestral records provide knowledge necessary for predicting progeny
performance. Added value is placed on each animal by recording performance records of each individual and its
A permanent record of ancestors and their comparative production traits is
a tool for breeders to use to make wise breeding decisions that lead to improved production and efficiency. Pass
this on to your customersin quality cattle, give them follow up service, invite them to join your association and
continue the same tradition.
Pedigrees are of value to all segments of the beef cattle industry.
Commercial producers purchasing seedstock will dramatically decrease their chance of error if they choose animals
of known pedigree and progeny when making buying decisions. Breeding programs can be directed toward goals by
selecting cattle that excel in those traits for which the herds need improvement.
Information contained as part of a registration certificate consists of
individual animal identification, parentage (sire and dam) and performance. With that knowledge and previous
information stored in the breed association data bank, a pedigree or ancestral record can be produced for the
breeder. The breeder provides every piece of raw data used in the production of pedigrees and records, bringing to
surface the importance of breeder integrity. Few, if any, industries are more dependent upon individual integrity
than the pedigreed beef cattle industry.
The pedigreed beef cattle industry has traditionally attracted independent
and innovative thinking people of the highest integrity. Since most people enjoy associating with people of high
character, the pedigreed beef cattle industry can be and generally is an enjoyable, satisfying business.
Active breed association members have the opportunity and satisfaction of
working through their association with people of integrity who have similar interests, ambitions and goals.