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  • milk epd, cow-calf pair
    Mar 21, 2013
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    Drought Is Causing A New Focus On Milk EPDs 3

    Numerous industry research papers show that cows with higher genetic levels for milk not only have increased maintenance requirements while nursing, but increased maintenance requirements when they’re dry....More
  • cattle genetics here to stay
    Mar 21, 2013
    blog

    The Promise Of Genomics Has Finally Arrived 2

    New advancements will allow for widespread use of DNA and the adoption of technology. The number of genomic profiles being collected is growing at a significant rate, which will dramatically improve the accuracy of the tests. Now the experts are telling us that we will soon be moving beyond the level we’ve been on....More
  • Jun 18, 2012
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    Wanted: Protective Mother Cows 7

    Numerous studies show that selecting beef cattle for a calm temperament improves weight gain and meat quality. Over the years, however, several ranchers have reported an increase in poor mothering among their cows. Perhaps this is the result of intensive selection during the last decade for calmer, more docile cows....More
  • Jun 8, 2012
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    Setting Standards For Replacement Heifers 6

    Replacement heifers are certainly an investment. At our ranch, we usually retain 50% of our heifer crop each year to develop and retain in the cowherd. We have found this is the best way to add numbers and improve genetics quickly in our herd. The investment in raising these heifers and feeding them for two years before they have their first calf is one of the biggest costs our operation incurs. That’s why I believe it’s so important that these ladies earn their keep....More
  • May 4, 2012
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    Some Thoughts On The True Cost Of AI

    My wife, who has worked in the cattle genetics industry for a decade, has closely documented the cost of an artificial insemination program. Problem is, she hasn’t accounted for many of our program’s “must have” requirements. For instance, you must have an expensive cutting horse to bring in the hot cows....More
  • Mar 14, 2012
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    What Is The Value Of Genomics?

    The onset of DNA marker testing has the industry asking, “What’s the value of genomics?” Presently, the technology allows cattlemen to more efficiently manage genetic defects and to increase the accuracy of EPDs, particularly on young, unproven bulls. Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California-Davis Extension beef geneticist, gives her perspective on the issue....More
  • Mar 14, 2012
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    Practical DNA Application

    How can cattlemen use DNA testing in their herds? One application is to develop within-herd EPDs in multi-sire pastures. John Genho with Livestock Genetic Services in Woodville, VA, explains....More
  • Mar 1, 2012
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    How Much Is A Good Bull Worth? 4

    I received several emails last week questioning my comments about the increased value of genetics and whether one can justify the record prices we’re seeing for bulls. So, I spent some time looking at the numbers between bulls with very solid EPD profiles and comparing them to breed average bulls....More
  • Feb 29, 2012
    blog

    Four Steps Before You Buy That Bull

    Bull purchases represent a significant investment in a beef herd. Whether that investment results in a “nest egg” or a “goose egg” depends highly on a bull buyer’s preparation....More
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