of Captain King’s home ranch. The breed has shown to have a relatively high degree of both heat and tick resistance, and the Santa Gertrudis’ characteristics include ease of calving, good mothering ability and an abun- dant milk supply. Almost a century since Monkey was calved, the Santa Gertrudis breed can be found worldwide. King Ranch has long been recognized as a world leader in utilizing state-of-the-art genetic technologies in order to make con- stant improvements to the breed. The ranch is one of, and in some cases the initial, innovator in using within-herd expected progeny differences (EPDs), including molecular DNA in their EPD analyses to improve breeding accu- racies and going to the single-step method of determining EPDs for 14 phenotypes. At the end of the day, as with Monkey, the goal remains to produce the most profitable, highest qual- ity cattle possible that can survive the harsh South Texas environment. All of this can be traced back to a single, mischievous bull calf named Monkey.
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First Brahman bulls with Shorthorn cows at King Ranch. that he held the characteristics they had been looking for. When of age, Monkey was placed in a special breeding program. Monkey was carefully bred to select top cows and then to some of his own daughters and granddaughters. His best sons were also bred to his best daughters. Before his death in 1932, Monkey sired more than 150 useful sons. As the Santa Gertrudis population began to grow, it became necessary by 1925
to design a single-sire and multiple- sire breeding plan. Through this breed- ing program, a pure breeding herd was eventually established. In 1940, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized the Santa Gertrudis breed as a distinct breed of beef cattle. Santa Gertrudis was the first breed developed in the United States and the first breed developed worldwide in more than a century. It was named Santa Gertrudis in honor
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