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Beef Conformation: Hip Structure

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

The two points of reference to be aware of in evaluating the hip are the hooks and pins. Both points are identified in Figures 16 and 17, with the pins being the point …

Beef Conformation: Evaluating Structure from the Front

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

From the front, cattle whose hooves are faced forward are ideal. The steer shown in figure 14 is a good example of both hooves pointing directly forward. Much as it is …

Beef Conformation: Evaluating Structure from the Rear

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

When evaluating beef cattle from the rear, hooves of the animal should point forward. However, that is not the case in a large number of beef cattle. In many instances,…

Beef Conformation: Front Legs

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

The alignment of joints in the front leg also plays a considerable role in the structural correctness and mobility of a beef animal. More than 50 percent of the animalâ…

Beef Conformation: Hind Legs

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

Hind leg structure is one of the primary indicators of an animal’s ability to move efficiently. Evaluating cattle while they are walking is one of the most efficient …

Beef Conformation: Pasterns

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

Pasterns are also important to consider when evaluating structural correctness in beef cattle. The pastern is generally understood to be the joint between the cannon bo…

Beef Conformation: Hooves

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

The hoof is one of the more complex aspects to consider when evaluating structural soundness. Problems with the hoof, such as excessive or uneven toe growth, may be cau…

Beef Conformation Basics

Beef cattle producers now have more tools than ever to help them evaluate the genetic merit of animals to be used as parents of the next generation. A balance between visual appraisal and genetic potential is key to successfully sel…

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