Crossbreeding with Balancer® explained
February 21, 2014
Balancer® hybrids offer a simple and powerful way to maintain hybrid vigor and the proper blend of British and Continental genetics in your cow herd in a simple and easy crossbreeding program. Many crossbreeding systems are complicated. It takes multiple pastures and intense management to get the most value out of some crossbreeding systems. The American Gelbvieh Association's SmartCross® system is different. With the SmartCross system, a Gelbvieh or Balancer bull can be used on any cow herd base to get you to the profit center of the beef business in one cross.
It has been said that the ideal feeder animal consists of 50 to 75 percent Angus, 25-50 percent Continental and 25 percent or less other breeds. Most agree the Continental breed will bring in leaner, more muscular cattle and are often easier to handle.
Balancer cattle are registered hybrid seedstock with documented pedigrees and EPDs, and many are backed by genomics profiles. Balancer animals are 25 to 75 percent Gelbvieh with the balance Angus or Red Angus. Balancer cattle combine the Gelbvieh growth, muscle, leanness and fertility with the maternal and marbling of Angus. Producers can chose the percentage of each breed to best suit the marketing target for their calves.
Registered Balancer hybrids combine the Angus advantages with Gelbvieh growth, muscle leanness, fertility, moderate mature cow size and unequaled pounds of calf per cow exposed in a single animal.
Research proves that Balancer hybrids offer the consistency with improved uniformity of composition.
"Take a look at the largest, most successful commercial operations and you'll find crossbreeding is the standard rather than the exception," commented Matt Spangler, Beef Genetics Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Spangler went on to say, "Commercial cattle producers must realize that no single breed excels in all areas that affect profitability. Breed combinations can be engineered to accommodate environmental constraints and meet marketing objectives."
Use registered Balancer bulls and take advantage of management convenience and hybird vigor in a single package. F