Desirable beefalo traits:
- Calving ease: Most beefalo calves are 50-80 lbs.
- Fast growth: A beefalo calf grows very quickly, you can't hardly keep up with them ;)
- Very docile: Most beefalo are easy to work with and very docile.
- The meat: The USDA studies show that beefalo is lower in cholesteral than beef, chicken and pork, it's higher in protein than any of those, and also lower in fat.
- They are hardier under extreme weather conditions: they perspire like a bison for the hot summer months, and they have a thick coat that helps them stay warmer in the winter.
- They can be finished without grain, and they can survive better on lower quality forage.
- They are more resistant to diseases: the Bison in them makes them more resistant to diseases.
- You can breed them with many different breeds of cattle in order to increase the genetic diversity and thereby breed a more balanced animal than if you are breeding any purebred cattle.
- High fertility: Beefalo typically have a very high fertility.
So, as you can see, there are many advantages to breeding beefalo into your herd. Even if you don't have registered beefalo or even sell your calves as beefalo, it can increase the productivity of your herd, it can decrease the bill from the veterinarian, and you can save on feed. Moreover, through our experience, our white and red fat steers sell just as well or better than the normal Black Angus steers at the market.