The practice of breeding a percentage of the dairy herd to beef bulls has become a common practice on many dairy farms.
While there tends to be a premium paid for these calves (compared to straight Holsteins), increasing reports of greater variability in phenotype than straight Holsteins is occurring. This variability creates problems for cattle feeders. One source of this variability is not considering all traits necessary to produce a high percentage of calves that meet industry carcass specifications when selecting bulls to use.
UW Extension has prepared a new fact sheet that addresses considerations for selecting beef bulls to use on dairy animals to produce the type of animals that the meat industry is seeking.
The fact sheet is available here at the Wisconsin Beef Information Center at: Considerations for Breeding Dairy Cattle to Beef Breeds for Meat Production (pdf)