We read with great interest last month’s article, “Crossbred bull fix’” by Miranda Reiman of Certified Angus Beef (CAB). The hypothesis of the article was that using composite (F1) bulls had a number of disadvantages compared to purebred bulls and straightbreeding. Her reasoning was that composites (F1): had unpredictable calf crops; less reliable EPDs, which included lack of genomics; and could not be purchased in bulk. I would like to address these points.
I feel a particularly special responsibility,” said Dutch Kuyper, President and CEO of Hawaii’s historic Parker Ranch. “Staring at me now is a portrait of A.W. Carter, who ran the Ranch as manager from 1899 to 1937.” Kuyper’s high-ceilinged office is just off the grand parlor of sixth-generation Parker family home “Puuopelu.” It looks over windswept green pastures and aloha-tended gardens, a spread ascending into the foothills of Kohala and Mauna Kea mountains of “the Big Island” and beyond.