Selection Tools http://beefmagazine.com/taxonomy/term/29410/more en Will Crossing Two Clones From Prime, YG1 Carcasses Produce Similar Offspring? http://beefmagazine.com/beef-quality/will-crossing-two-clones-prime-yg1-carcasses-produce-similar-offspring <div class="field-byline"> By Burt Rutherford, BEEF Senior Editor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A unique cloning project at West Texas A&M University aims to move the needle on the commercial production of Prime, Yield Grade 1 beef carcasses.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/beef-quality/will-crossing-two-clones-prime-yg1-carcasses-produce-similar-offspring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/beef-quality/will-crossing-two-clones-prime-yg1-carcasses-produce-similar-offspring#comments Selection Tools Beef Quality Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:39:00 +0000 73011 at http://beefmagazine.com <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-fareast; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Kelly Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at West Texas A&amp;M University in Canyon, holds Alpha the bull when he was a calf. Jones was the principle caretaker for Alpha and the three Gamma heifers, animals that resulted from a revolutionary cloning experiment that used muscle tissue from Prime, YG1 carcasses to produce live animals. </span></p> There Is No Magical Cow Size That Guarantees Profitability http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-no-magical-cow-size-guarantees-profitability <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&nbsp;had several people this week dispute my statement from last week that biological efficiency doesn&rsquo;t vary among the accepted range in mature size in the industry (&ldquo;The Bearish Math On The Beef Industry Doesn&rsquo;t Add Up&rdquo;). The bottom line is that maintenance costs rise as mature size increases, but it&rsquo;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.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/my-view-country"> My View From The Country</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-no-magical-cow-size-guarantees-profitability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-no-magical-cow-size-guarantees-profitability#comments Selection Tools Beef Quality Cattle Marketing Beef Industry Products My View From The Country Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:34:00 +0000 72311 at http://beefmagazine.com Despite All The New Selection Tools, Calf Birthweight Still Rules? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-all-new-selection-tools-calf-birthweight-still-rules <div class="node-body blog-body">A recent survey by BEEF shows a bull’s actual birth weight is the most important trait for bull buyers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/beef-editors-blog">BEEF Editors&#039; Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-all-new-selection-tools-calf-birthweight-still-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-all-new-selection-tools-calf-birthweight-still-rules#comments Selection Tools Ranch Management Business Cattle Genetics Bull Health Tips For Profit BEEF Editors&#039; Blog Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:02:00 +0000 69921 at http://beefmagazine.com Will Feed Efficiency Become The New Holy Grail? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/will-feed-efficiency-become-new-holy-grail <div class="node-body blog-body">We’ve licked the ability to make genetic improvements in the easy-to-measure traits. Now the real work begins: feed efficiency.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/my-view-country"> My View From The Country</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/will-feed-efficiency-become-new-holy-grail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/will-feed-efficiency-become-new-holy-grail#comments Selection Tools Nutrition Sustainability Tips For Profit My View From The Country Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:53:00 +0000 63622 at http://beefmagazine.com Reproductive Tract Scoring Can Improve Yearling Heifer Performance http://beefmagazine.com/breeding-systems/reproductive-tract-scoring-can-improve-yearling-heifer-performance <div class="field-byline"> By Loretta Sorensen </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In less than a minute, you can increase yearling heifer performance by as much as 20% with a reproductive tract score. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/breeding-systems/reproductive-tract-scoring-can-improve-yearling-heifer-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/breeding-systems/reproductive-tract-scoring-can-improve-yearling-heifer-performance#comments Breeding Systems Cow-Calf Selection Tools Tips For Profit Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 57722 at http://beefmagazine.com 7 Heifer Development Tips http://beefmagazine.com/ranch-management/7-heifer-development-tips <div class="node-body article-body">If there’s a truism that cow-calf producers can take to the bank, it’s this: If a heifer calves early as a yearling, she’s set up for a long and successful stint as an early-calver in the cowherd. Here are seven tips to help you select the most productive cow.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/ranch-management/7-heifer-development-tips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/ranch-management/7-heifer-development-tips#comments Seedstock Cow-Calf Selection Tools Ranch Management Cattle Genetics Tips For Profit Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 58042 at http://beefmagazine.com Indexing Your Way To Genetic Improvement – Part 2 http://beefmagazine.com/selection-tools/indexing-your-way-genetic-improvement-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">If your cattle marketing program is cross-threaded with your selection criteria, not only will you not make any genetic progress, you’ll likely go backward. So which genetic index should you use?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/selection-tools/indexing-your-way-genetic-improvement-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/selection-tools/indexing-your-way-genetic-improvement-part-2#comments Cow-Calf Selection Tools Tips For Profit Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:58:00 +0000 57462 at http://beefmagazine.com Indexing Your Way To Genetic Improvement – Part 1 http://beefmagazine.com/genetics/indexing-your-way-genetic-improvement-part-1 <div class="node-body article-body">With the avalanche of genetic data now available, just open any bull sale catalog and discover what the term “information overload” really means. Is there a way to synthesize all that information? In this first part of a two-part series, BEEF looks at that question. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/genetics/indexing-your-way-genetic-improvement-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/genetics/indexing-your-way-genetic-improvement-part-1#comments Cow-Calf Selection Tools Ranch Management Cattle Genetics Bull Health Sustainability Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:46:00 +0000 57022 at http://beefmagazine.com Balancing Cattle Nutrition With Genetics Key To Ranch Success http://beefmagazine.com/cow-calf/balancing-cattle-nutrition-genetics-key-ranch-success <div class="field-byline"> By Christy Couch Lee </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What can you, as a beef practitioner, do to help educate your clients on the importance of strong genetic selection and proper nutrition? It all comes down to an understanding and appreciation of each aspect in the equation. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/cow-calf/balancing-cattle-nutrition-genetics-key-ranch-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/cow-calf/balancing-cattle-nutrition-genetics-key-ranch-success#comments BEEF Vet Cow-Calf Selection Tools Nutrition Cattle Genetics Sat, 01 Jun 2013 11:50:00 +0000 55242 at http://beefmagazine.com A Breeding Soundness Exam: Insurance for Your Breeding Season http://beefmagazine.com/cow-calf/breeding-soundness-exam-insurance-your-breeding-season <div class="field-byline"> Les Anderson, University of Kentucky Extension beef specialist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is a BSE? A BSE is a fertility exam performed on bulls by a veterinarian. A BSE has three components – scrotal circumference, a physical exam, and a semen evaluation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/cow-calf/breeding-soundness-exam-insurance-your-breeding-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/cow-calf/breeding-soundness-exam-insurance-your-breeding-season#comments Cow-Calf Selection Tools Cattle Genetics Tips For Profit Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:35:00 +0000 53282 at http://beefmagazine.com