Beef production has, over recent years, received a boost in terms of its relative importance as a result of shortages of meat and excesses of milk products (at least in Europe). In this context efforts to increase beef production have received relatively more attention and, naturally, methods of genetic improvement have been assessed together with the short term management improvements which can be made. Not unexpectedly, performance testing of beef cattle has developed throughout Europe. In recent years progeny testing has also increased although probably not to the same extent as performance testing.

D. E Steane

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2, Madrid, Spain, 129–141, 1974
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