Genetic Powerhouse
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Feb 8, 2016 01:05 PM CST

Too much of a good thing can send anyone down the wrong trail. In the case of cattle, making sire selections based off of one or two traits can have unforeseen, negative consequences.

"In the past, when commercial or seedstock guys made sire selections based on EPDs [Expected Progeny Differences], the comment always was that more is better. But from an economic standpoint, that is not always the case," said Jack Ward, executive vice president of the American Hereford Association.

"If you used, for example, milk production as the trait you selected on, and you believed more is better because ...

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