In many commercial beef production operations worldwide cross breeding plays a major role. In Australia and the Americas, Romagnola sires are being used increasingly in many cross-breeding systems to improve the quality and quantity of beef production. The productive benefits of hybrid vigor in terminal crosses cost the cattleman nothing, but can benefit him considerably.
Romagnola crossbred weaners are known to grow fast and efficiently. They can be fed to a wide range of terminal weights, making them highly profitable in the feedlot environment. They consistently produce the type of carcass modern cattlemen prefer: a 62% to 65% dressing percentage and tender, lean fine-grained quality beef.
Romagnola’s cross extremely well with all breeds of cattle.
When crossing with an English breed the offspring will gain an improved conformation, feed conversion, and approximately 22 to 45 Kg's weight gain at 7 months from the Romagnola side.
A Romagnola crossed with a Simmentaler cow will downsize the frame of the offspring and give them the ability to finish out at 13 to 14 months of age.
The Romangus (Romagnola x Angus) is gaining popularity all over the world for its superior finishing off and meat quality.