The Salers Cow - Master of Efficient Beef Production

There are many reasons why Salers genetics make up the primary framework of our breeding program.  We have experienced firsthand the value of the traits in which Salers cattle excel.  Many of these positive traits are centered around the Salers female. 

This begins at calving where they are uniquely designed to lessen the workload.  The slender shape of the Salers calf combined with the large pelvic area of the Salers female combine to create an easy-calving experience.  Salers calves are very lively at birth and get up and suckling fast.  These traits together are what we call calf survivability and nothing will beat a Salers-cross cowherd at this game.

Fertility is another profit-driving trait that Salers cows are blessed with.  Ask anyone who has preg checked a lot of cows.  Salers cows come in bred at a higher rate than any other breed cross and they do it over a longer life span.

Which brings us to another important Salers trait – longevity.  Salers cows just last longer.  On our place the average cow doesn’t really start to show her age until about 11 or 12 and 14 year old cows are not uncommon.  Some of the proven-producing grandmas are still having calves at 16.

When you add up the traits of calf survivability, fetility and longevity, you get a cow that weans more pounds of live calf in a lifetime and puts more dollars in the bank than any other genetic component you can add to your cowherd.

Salers cows also have milk that is particularly high in butterfat content, allowing them to bring in big calves without requiring big udders.  They are foragers, too, grazing out where other cows don’t like to go and up to higher elevations where other cows refuse to graze.

Salers genetics in the cowherd are even a positive for today’s debate over efficient use of the earth’s land resources.  Dr. Jude Capper, Washington State University animal scientist and well-known authority on resource efficiency in cattle production, is quoted as saying, “Only 86% of cows have a live calf every year.  If that were 90%, 95% or 99%, that would make a huge improvement in productivity.” (Angus Journal, November 2011, p. 146).  The reproductive efficiency of the Salers cow could be a big boost to efficiency of production in the US beef cattle herd.

The Salers cow is truly a master of efficient beef production.  The value of having Salers genetics in your cowherd must be experienced to be appreciated.  Give us a call.  We’ll be glad to help you plan how you can best put Salers genetics into your cowherd.