Cattle Reproduction

What is a terminal sire?

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2010-07-18 03:03:37

A terminal sire is a sire that has genetics for calves that are

intended to be used for slaughter instead of for breeding purposes.

Terminal sires include such breeds as Simmental, Charolais,

Limousin, Maine Anjou and Blonde d'Aquitaine. Terminal sires have

the genetics for higher weight gains and larger weaning weights

than maternal sires. Terminal sires stress for more masculine

qualities (i.e., muscling) than maternal sires (milking ability,

mothering ability, calving ease, etc.)

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