David Seibert>LPL Interviews N-Z>LPL Interviews K-Z, Segment 9


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Livestock has changed. In Lincoln's time, oxen were important; beef less so. Longhorns are popular out west. Then we imported British breeds; Angus, Herefords, Shorthorns. Brahmans and Charolais down south. Different characteristics; interbreed in late 1800s. Early to mid-1900s, started to exhibit and show those. Stockmen decided what kind of animal they wanted. In the 1950s and 60s, had a small animal for small cuts of meat for small families. Fair amount of fat. In the 1970s, larger frame, too large. In the 1970s, brought in European breeds of draught, meat, and milk; Simmental, Limousin. Mixing British with Continental several times led to too large animals and less marbling. Moderation is best. Extensions got some of the blame. Large calves caused problems for cows. Hybrid vigor or heterosis; increased birth weight.