Use Sexcel and 60/40 Synch to Create the Right Pregnancies for Your Goals 

Should you choose maternal? 

Should you choose terminal 

Or can you have both?   

There is a fork in the road for beef producers, and it presents an opportunity to optimize your breeding program. You can choose either direction or take both at the same time because each path is achievable with today’s genetics, tools, and technology.  

The fork represents the vast difference between genetics that maximize feedlot and carcass performance versus genetics that optimize maternal efficiency and profitability at the farm or ranch level. Some producers have already reached this juncture and are indecisive about which path to take. While that is understandable, it is key to remember that the decision to breed “down the middle” and not embrace diverging paths could result in a sacrifice in maternal or terminal traits.  


You can choose either direction or take both at the same time. Leverage ABS’ genetics, tools, and technology to create the right pregnancies for your goals.

Historically, a bull had to do everything well, from pasture to plate. Today, with tools like fixed-time A.I. and sexed semen, you can laser-focus your breeding decisions to create maternally efficient replacement females and exceptionally profitable feeder cattle without sacrifice. Whether you are concerned about sustainability, efficiency, or making the most of your resources at hand, embracing the ‘Fork in the Road’ may be your solution to maximizing profitability. The most exciting part is you no longer need to compromise because of strategies like Sexcel 60/40 Synch. 

Considerations to Maintain a Cow Herd  

  • Cow size  
  • Feed intake  
  • Fertility  
  • Longevity  
  • Maternal calving ease  
  • Convenience traits  
  • Milk  

Expectations of the Beef Supply Chain and Consumers  

  • High-performing, healthy cattle    
  • Feed efficiency   
  • High-quality carcasses   
  • Exceptional eating experience

The beauty of a Sexcel 60/40 Synch strategy is the ability to take both forks, maternal and terminal, at the same time. This breeding program gives you the power to strategically design replacement females out of the right cows while maximizing performance and profitability on calves destined for the beef supply chain. Sexcel 60/40 Synch is your tool for creating the right pregnancies for your goals.   

Breaking Down 60/40 Synch 

The 60 in the Equation: 

Take advantage of the convenience of estrus synchronization protocols to identify your most fertile cows. Well-managed herds can expect more than 60% of the females to display estrus by the scheduled breeding time when utilizing the 7-day Co-synch + CIDR protocol. 

The 40 in the Equation: 

The remaining 40% of cows should be bred via timed AI to terminally oriented bulls. To reap the most benefit from the program, all females should be exposed to clean-up sires that excel for growth performance and endpoint value. 

The End Result: 

A calf crop composed of 30-35% designed, AI-sired replacement heifers and 65-70% high-value feeder calves. 

The Benefits of the Sexcel 60/40 Synch Strategy 

  • Maximize the productivity and efficiency of your herd 
  • Create replacements designed for maternal value from your early-calving cows 
  • Build your best cowherd with maternal sires 
  • Add more power, pounds, and terminal value to the portion of your calf crop headed into the beef supply chain 

Consider These Maternal-Oriented Sires to Make Replacements

Tips for Maximizing END PRODUCT PROFITABILITY in Sire Selection 

  1. Utilize the NuEra Genetics™ line, designed for profit 
  1. Consider using Simmental sires that rank high on the ABS’ proprietary US Beef Index 
  1. Identify Charolais bulls with a high Terminal Sire Index 

Contact your ABS Representative or complete the form below to discuss implementing the Sexcel 60/40 Synch strategy and finding the sires to create the right pregnancies that fit your goals.  

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