A beef cattle pedigree is an ancestral record of an individual animal. A pedigree has value because it is a recording of knowledge. That knowledge can be promoted into additional value because knowledge can contribute to the earning power of future progeny from an individual animal.
The registered beef cattle business can be highly rewarding as you form and mold highly predictable genetic packages of breed-improving material into superior animals. Self satisfaction comes through the accomplishment of producing genetically superior animals which you made possible through wise breeding decisions.
The main goal and most valuable service a beef cattle breed association provides to their membership is the recording of ancestry, or pedigrees. Pedigrees are a valuable tool in livestock breeding because these ancestral records provide knowledge necessary for predicting progeny performance. Added value is placed on each animal by recording performance records of each individual and its progeny.
A permanent record of ancestors and their comparative production traits is a tool for breeders to use to make wise breeding decisions that lead to improved production and efficiency. Pass this on to your customers in quality cattle, give them follow up service, invite them to join your association and continue the same tradition.
Pedigrees are of value to all segments of the beef cattle industry. Commercial producers purchasing seedstock will dramatically decrease their chance of error if they choose animals of known pedigree and progeny when making buying decisions. Breeding programs can be directed toward goals by selecting cattle that excel in those traits for which the herds need improvement.
Information contained as part of a registration certificate consists of individual animal identification, parentage (sire and dam) and performance. With that knowledge and previous information stored in the breed association data bank, a pedigree or ancestral record can be produced for the breeder. The breeder provides every piece of raw data used in the production of pedigrees and records, bringing to surface the importance of breeder integrity. Few, if any, industries are more dependent upon individual integrity than the pedigreed beef cattle industry.
The pedigreed beef cattle industry has traditionally attracted independent and innovative thinking people of the highest integrity. Since most people enjoy associating with people of high character, the pedigreed beef cattle industry can be and generally is an enjoyable, satisfying business.
Active breed association members have the opportunity and satisfaction of working through their association with people of integrity who have similar interests, ambitions and goals.