Beef On Dairy is a producer-led practice of crossbreeding beef cattle genetics to dairy cows. Through ‘beef on dairy’ crossbreeding, offspring destined for the fed beef market become more efficient and robust when compared to purebred dairy calves. In addition to providing economic and production efficiencies, ‘beef on dairy’ can also provide environmental benefits, resulting from feed efficiency, as well as animal health benefits from hybrid vigor.
Texas Tech University researchers demonstrate sustainability, profitability and environmental benefits of crossbreeding dairy cows to complementary beef sires.
World Wildlife Fund analyzes the compelling business case for beef on dairy crossbreeding, identifying wins for both the dairy producer and the environment.
Financial benefits for breeding beef bulls to dairy cows has been validated and considerable potential exists to improve the profitability and sustainability of modern dairy production systems through beef-on-dairy breeding strategies.
"By doubling productivity of the dairy segment and improving sustainability of the beef sector through ‘beef on dairy’ crossbreeding, one beef on dairy cow produces enough milk for 2,200 lbs. of cheese per year and births a beef calf resulting in an 875-lb. carcass."
"My belief is that crossbred calves will always be more valuable than dairy animals being sold for beef."
Brian Fiscalini, 4th generation family farmer
"We started genomic testing all young animals in 2012 to strategize both how many heifers we needed as well as which animals we wanted to get our next generations of genetics from. The balance of the cows or heifers were bred to Angus to create a nice crossbred calf. It was an opportunity to keep milking cows longer while adding value to their offspring whether for my replacement use or a “better” beef calf."
Simon Vander Woude, Vander Woude Dairies
A collaboration between Cargill and beef industry partners is revealing new insights into environmental benefits of dairy-beef crossbreeding, or ‘beef on dairy,’ a practice that started with producers. The Dairy Beef Accelerator is a three-year program to advance research and support beef and dairy producers in better understanding the opportunities of beef on dairy.
Cargill announced it is collaborating with industry partners to create the Dairy Beef Accelerator, a three-year program to accelerate learning and support producers in better understanding the opportunities of ‘beef on dairy.’ The producer-led practice has the potential to help the North American beef and dairy industries advance efficiencies of the supply chain and address climate change while continuing to provide consumers with high-quality protein.
Cargill is collaborating with beef industry partners seeking environmental benefits to dairy-beef crossbreeding, a practice known in the industry as ‘beef-on-dairy.’ The Dairy Beef Accelerator is a three-year program to advance research and support beef and dairy producers in better understanding the opportunities of beef-on-dairy.