Selection Tools http://beefmagazine.com/taxonomy/term/29410/more en Red Angus association ramps up feedlot, carcass data collection http://beefmagazine.com/selection-tools/red-angus-association-ramps-feedlot-carcass-data-collection <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>Red Angus breeders and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) have long been at the forefront of genetic improvement through the strong and long use of performance data.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/selection-tools/red-angus-association-ramps-feedlot-carcass-data-collection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Selection Tools Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:09:03 +0000 91671 at http://beefmagazine.com Can we measure cow efficiency? Not as a single trait http://beefmagazine.com/blog/can-we-measure-cow-efficiency-not-single-trait <div class="node-body blog-body">One of the holy grails in the brave new world of genetic evaluation is cow efficiency. But efficiency is not a single trait, it’s an index of components. The rub comes in accurately measuring those individual components. </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/can-we-measure-cow-efficiency-not-single-trait" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/can-we-measure-cow-efficiency-not-single-trait#comments Selection Tools Cattle Genetics Tips For Profit BEEF Editors&#039; Blog Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:17:00 +0000 90861 at http://beefmagazine.com <p>Angus cows in the shade</p> Is sexed semen the next reproductive standard? http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-genetics/sexed-semen-next-reproductive-standard <div class="node-body article-body">Reproductive technology in beef cattle is advancing by leaps and bounds. Is your management prepared to take advantage of it?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-genetics/sexed-semen-next-reproductive-standard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-genetics/sexed-semen-next-reproductive-standard#comments Selection Tools Cattle Genetics Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:59:00 +0000 86781 at http://beefmagazine.com 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