n Farmer’s Weekly - The Vaalharts beef cattle crossbreeding project : livestock - cover




Crossbreeding beef cattle is gaining ground, as SA farmers increasingly value high productivity and low production costs. Prof Michiel Scholtz, head of the Vaalharts Crossbreeding Programme, tells Wilma den Hartigh about the programme's contribution to the utilisation of crossbreeds. Research into, and acceptance of, crossbreeds is important for the sustainability and competitiveness of the South sector, says Prof Michiel Scholtz, head of the Vaalharts Crossbreeding Programme. The programme was established to demonstrate how genetic selection and crossbreeding can optimise economically important traits such as fertility, growth, efficiency, health and carcass characteristics in cattle.


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