“So, what does the future hold? It’s always going to be about good cows, good land and good families.” -Sara Shields, San Isabel Ranch
“Multi-generational ranching is a topic that gets a little bit heavy and dramatic.” -Matt Perrier, fifth-generation rancher
“Any trait we deal with –- weaning weight, yearling weight, carcass traits and others -- are controlled by a genetic factor. But the environment is going to play a role as well.” -Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky
“Heifers need to be in correct body condition for an AI program. It’s probably a bigger problem that we have heifers that are too big (fat) than too small,” -Willie Altenburg, Genex
“Does handling stress cause embryonic loss? Yes. Stress causes a release of prostaglandin. Small doses of prostaglandin can be embryo toxic. So transport cattle right after you AI and handle them quietly and calmly.” -George Perry, South Dakota State University
“Family component of a beef operation is so critical to share with opinion influencers.” - Larry Corrah, Certified Angus Beef
"Antimicrobial resistance should be taken very seriously but the likelihood is strong for unintended consequences of broad-sweeping limitations on antibiotic use. Change is coming and cattlemen have to get involved in shaping that change." - Mike Apley, DVM - Kansas State University
What’s your take on some of these statements? Stay tuned for upcoming blog spots as I expand on these topics and more.