Beef performance programs have come a long way since their start after World War II as a means of within-herd improvement. Now performance programs can be used to rank young animals on all the available information across all the herds of a breed. Opportunity exists to design and conduct performance programs that can be used to promote the breed, enhance management decision making, and make real genetic change in the breed.

R. L Willham

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume IX. Breeding programs for dairy and beef cattle, water buffalo, sheep, and goats., , 442–445, 1986
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