Akaushi beef inspires praise for trumping other breeds in marbling capacity and health benefits, while the breed itself displays competitive traits such as feed efficiency and calving ease.
Bubba Bain, executive director of the American Akaushi Association; Jordan Beeman, president of HeartBrand Beef; and Bill Fielding, CEO of HeartBrand Beef, collectively divulge the story of their prized product that they expect will “change the industry.”
Over the past century, Akaushi cattle were fondly considered Japan’s “national treasure.” Their genetics were strictly guarded and unshared with the international cattle market.
Crossbreeding beef cattle offers two primary advantages relative to the use of only one breed: 1) crossbred animals exhibit heterosis (hybrid vigor), and 2) crossbred animals combine the strengths of the various breeds used to form the cross. The goal of a well-designed, systematic crossbreeding program is to simultaneously optimize these advantages of heterosis and breed complementarity.
Heterosis or hybrid vigor refers to the superiority in performance of the crossbred animal compared to the average of the straightbred parents. Heterosis may be calculated using the formula:
% Heterosis = [(crossbred average - straightbred average) ÷ straightbred average] x 100
I had a one of a kind Grandpa. Well, maybe we all say that about people that we admire who have lot of knowledge. Sometimes we would get to work together in the corncrib with Grandpa and my uncles on the day the corn sheller would come to Grandpa’s farm. This was a great workout because my job was to rake the ears of corn in the gigantic corncrib into a drag that would take the ears of corn to the sheller. The corn sheller would shell the corn off the cobs. The corn would go into wagons and the cobs would go into a pile that looked like a mountain to me - or maybe I was just really little. The remaining cobs were used for many purposes in those days.
The genetic revolution in the beef cattle industry has brought us tremendous increases in productivity. The bulk of these improvements have been realized through improved rates of gain. The U.S. cattle industry enjoys one of the shortest cycle times, the time from when a calf is born until it is harvested, than any of the other top ten beef producing nations. We are now producing more pounds of beef with fewer cows and in the grand scheme that is more efficient. However these increases have come at a cost to our cow/calf production systems.
The 2009-2010 Midland Bull Test has 1100 bulls on test, comprised of 12 breeds. The top performing bulls of each breed will sell April 7-9, 2010 at the bull test station, Columbus, Mont. On Wednesday, April 7th we will sell Salers, Gelbvieh, Charolais and Simmental. Red Angus, South Devon, Murray Grey, Hereford and Braunvieh bulls will sell on Thursday, April 8th. All Angus bulls will then sell on Friday, April 9th.
The 2009-10 Midland Bull Test is coming to a close and the sales are approaching quickly, being on April 7th, 8th, and 9th. The top 70 to 80% of each breed will be selling at the Midland Bull Test Sale facilities. We are very excited about the set of bulls selling this year with high quality are numerous herd bull prospects selling in each and every breed represented. There are video clips of each sale bull on our website, www.midlandbulltest.com, available for your viewing. The sales will also be broadcast live over Frontier Stockyards. This news release is highlighting the RFI test results on the second group of bulls that went through the trial this year. The results have been exciting to say the least.