In our breeding program, we focus not just on conformation, but soundness and functionality as well. The cattle must be able to produce, perform, and stay in the herd for many years.
At Matheson Farms we select our females for birth weight, calving ease, milking ability, temperament, mothering ability, structural soundness, fleshing ability, marbling, and indexes.
Just because a cow looks good does not mean she will produce and perform well. We look at the EPD’s (Expected Progeny Difference) and profitability indexes (API and TI) when making selection decisions and planning for breeding.