The Unmatched Versatility of Salers Cattle

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The Salers Advantage Begins With The Female…

Salers cattle offer great maternal traits. They are known for their fertility, longevity and great milking ability. Salers females will raise a big calf and still come back in bred, year after year. Part of that longevity is attributed to their structural integrity. They are correct on their feet, and their hard and resistant black hooves and heel depth eliminate most foot maintenance. The ability of Salers cattle to move well allows them to not only live, but thrive in, rough terrain and environments.

Salers are known for their large pelvic area, which allows for easy, unassisted calving. In fact, the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) shows that Salers offer the lightest birth weights of the Continental breeds. Lighter birth weights and the slender conformation of the Salers calf means more live calves with fewer assisted births. Next to easy calving, Salers are known for their calf vigor and overall calf survivability. Newborn Salers calves get up and suckling fast, even in tough weather conditions.

Supreme Carcass Merit…

Across-breed EPD adjustment factors show Salers to be the highest marbling of the Continental breeds. In today’s environment of extremely heavy carcass weights, Salers-cross cattle can put on extra pounds without the extra fat, putting them at a significant advantage over most of the straight-bred English cattle going through the plants.

In our own data collections, Salers and Salers-cross cattle typically beat plant averages for Certified Angus Beef (CAB). Many black cattle today are not qualifying for CAB because overly fat Yield Grade 4 and 5 cattle are rejected. Adding Salers genetics takes off that fat while retaining the marbling and that’s seeing a significant premium in today’s market. Add in the extra value of the calf survivability, fertility, longevity, milking ability and hardiness of Salers-cross females and Salers genetics makes a lot of sense as your best crossbreeding option to realize the most profit from your cowherd.

The Power Behind the Optimizer…

The American Salers Association Optimizer Registry program provides commercial cattlemen an avenue to manage percent blood in their herds through documented, seedstock quality composite complete with EPDs.

The key to breeding Optimizer composites is starting from complimentary maternal breeds. This creates a composite that takes advantage of heterosis, and also produces a predictable, efficient, productive, cross-bred replacement female. Whether the cross be an Angus, Red Angus, Hereford, Charolais or any other breed, Salers will compliment their maternal ability to improve milk, calving ease and fertility.

When crossed with Angus, for example, both breeds compliment each other with Angus providing extra fleshing ability and the Salers adding udder and feet quality and increased growth for heavier weaning weights. These Optimizers will put better butts, wider tops and more stretch in your calves. The Salers-Angus cross female is one of the most efficient and productive commercial cows in the industry.