reasons for linebreeding are to genetically concentrate specific genetic
traits, characteristics and production needs. This gene pool (herd)
concentration is especially important in the herd sires.
have previously discussed, building a maternal gene pool is cheap and easy with
crossbreeding. However, building a paternal gene pool requires a level of
incestuous type breeding.
breeding will line up the unwanted recessive genes in the progeny produced, and
therefore demands a strict selection procedure for the replacements females
that are put back in the herd and far greater selection pressure on the sire.
This necessity for stringent culling means it is more expensive. This expense
was the value foundation for seedstock bringing a premium price over
commercially bred cattle.
and out-crossed seedstock do not have a similar value basis for seeking a
premium price and are genetically worth no more than commercial cattle.
a sire to a group of his own daughters is the best way to test the progress,
strength and success of a paternal breeding program. With the paternal family
(male and female) established the daughters that come from a linebred paternal
breeding program should be better than their mothers.
paternal linebred females (helpmates) will possess the type of genetic makeup
required to assist the sire in producing the desired performance, herd and
breed characteristics needed and for the utilization of grass, performance and
quality of product.
females produced (third or fourth generation) in a paternal linebreeding
management program can be breed to their uncles, cousins sired by their father,
possibly to their half brothers and sometime to their grandfathers.
should be at least four or more female paternal family lines established in
this gene pool by the same sire so the possibility of genetic repression in
future generations could be avoided by selecting bulls from the different
females. The possibility of genetic repression after four to six generations
should be guarded against with much wisdom and vigilance.
Remember you cannot create new genes.
concentrate the ones you have in your sire through the paternal dams. It is
only through this method that you can change the progeny produced.
remember in the future after the paternal gene pool is established if there is
need for change you must find an outside female with the desired
characteristics and introduce her to the paternal sire with characteristics the
closest to your needs.
You never bring in an outside sire!
important thing in beginning a linebreeding program is the sire you choose to
begin the gene pool with.
Starting with a superior bull (mostly through AI) is a must for building the
type of animal, production, utilization of grass and quality of food product
possible purchase an already established paternal linebred bull to begin your
gene pool with. This will save a lot of time.
While all of this sounds like a lot of work - and it is - it is the only way to
get the predictability we need for a premium-priced grassfed meat product. Most
of us have good maternal cowherds. What we need is a BULL!
no doubt that most ranchers will not want to make this effort and will prefer
to buy their bulls from the few who will. Thatís what makes a market.
you need to realize that such an animal will not come cheap.
Solutions to intractable problems never do.
predict those few who are willing to go to the time and expense to create
paternally powerful bulls will be richly rewarded for their efforts.
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