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Dairy Beef Can Add Value to Dairy Business

A project funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is helping dairy farmers decide whether a crossbreeding enterprise for beef production would be a good addition for their business. Holstein-beef crossbred calves can bring a market premium over purebred Holstein calves. The premium is higher when sires are selected using Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) data points. This project collected data on 125 calves. The final report for the “Where’s the Beef in Value-Added Dairy-Beef Crosses Research Project” is available online.