The results of the statistical study of 40 years' herd book records in Swiss Brown cattle. A contribution to a monograph of the Swiss Brown cattle

Engeler, W.

Arbeit aus dem Schweizerischen Stammzuchtbuch fur Braunvieh, Luzern, Bern: Verbandsdruckerei A.-G., 137


Accession: 013581379

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THE study is based on herd book records of over 5000 cows, 2000 bulls, and 22, 000 calves. Among the results of this comprehensive investigation the following may be mentioned. The average period of keeping a bull is 3 years, 3 months and 7 days, but 70% of the bulls are slaughtered before their genetic value as sires can be established by the performance of their offspring. The reproductive life of a bull lasts on the average 4 years 1 1/2 months; the highest age attained was 12 years.