A major role for the Maine Anjou breed is its use in crossbreeding programs.
Crossbreeding programs are a natural progression from the use of a Maine Anjou bull as a Terminal sire. Typically, these programs increase productivity by 20% to 25% relative to the original straight bred herd. Maine Anjou, providing a variation in maturity pattern and access to a range of target markets. A major benefit with these programs is that replacement females can be selected from within the program rather than purchasing them or retaining another straight bred herd to produce them. Rotational crossbreeding systems are long term and can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual herd, environment and target market requirements.