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  • calving ease selection tips
    Jan 7, 2014
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    Despite All The New Selection Tools, Calf Birthweight Still Rules? 6

    A recent survey by BEEF shows a bull’s actual birth weight is the most important trait for bull buyers....More
  • Sep 12, 2013
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    Will Feed Efficiency Become The New Holy Grail? 6

    We’ve licked the ability to make genetic improvements in the easy-to-measure traits. Now the real work begins: feed efficiency....More
  • 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
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    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 1

    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

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