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History: Hybrids

Reprinted from the November 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: Hybrids

By E. J. “Bud” Cotton, 2022-27th St. S.W., Calgary, Alta.

‘A hybrid is the offspring resulting from a cross between two inbred species, strains or types within a family or genera, i.e. horse and donkey, cattle or buffalo. A hybrid does not breed true. Crossing hybrids results in a wide variation of the type and also a loss of vigor. In order to obtain a true breed, the hybrid must be inbred until a homozygous (true breeding) individual is obtained.

Down through the years an effort has been made to raise a standard grade of cattle from the Bisontine Group (Buffalo) and the Taurine Group (Domestic Cattle).’

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