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    Aug 19, 2014
    Commentary

    Do You Want Progress Or Change In Cattle Breeding? 2

    We have great tools; but, because of genetic and environmental antagonisms, I think we need to be satisfied with slow change in a balanced approach – maintaining or slowly improving genetics for cowherd productivity....More
  • May 29, 2014
    blog

    4 Reasons Synching Your Cows Pays Off 1

    We’re just finishing up the breeding season on our operation, utilizing artificial insemination (AI) and estrus synchronization (ES) to get heifers and cows bred. We’ll then turn out our bulls for summer clean-up. Over the years, we’ve tried a lot of different protocols, with varying degrees of success....More
  • May 1, 2014
    blog

    I’m Likely In The Minority, But I Love Heat Detecting 6

    I love heat detecting and artificial insemination (AI) season. Heat detecting forces one to slow down and observe. If one is going to do a good job of heat detecting, it necessitates expending time....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
    blog

    There Is No Magical Cow Size That Guarantees Profitability 12

    I had several people this week dispute my statement from last week that biological efficiency doesn’t vary among the accepted range in mature size in the industry (“The Bearish Math On The Beef Industry Doesn’t Add Up”). The bottom line is that maintenance costs rise as mature size increases, but it’s not a 1:1 relationship. In fact, the general rule of thumb is that maintenance costs are calculated by taking mature size to the .7 power....More

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