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  • Mar 14, 2012
    video

    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
    blog

    How Much Is A Good Bull Worth? 5

    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
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    Feb 29, 2012
    Commentary

    Buying A New Herd Bull? Do These 4 Steps First

    Are you thinking about buying a new herd bull? Investing in the genetic future of your cowherd is a critical step in your cowherd’s health and profitability. Here are 4 steps you must consider before writing that check....More
  • Jan 1, 2012
    blog

    Reproduction Is A Key To Improving Ranch Profitability

    “In today’s changing and volatile input markets, it is critical that, as individual producers and as an industry, we examine the economic efficiency of our production systems and be prepared to modify some of the rules of thumb that have guided decisions in the past.”...More
  • Dec 23, 2011
    blog

    Scorecards Are Where You Find Them

    This week I talked with a feedyard manager who was studying some recent closeouts. They weren’t reading real well. If the cattle had not outperformed projections both in the feedyard and on the rail, it would have actually been pretty bleak....More
  • Dec 9, 2011
    blog

    What Constitutes A Good Bull?

    Not surprisingly, bull prices – just like the rest of the industry’s pricing structure – are seeing a major increase. It wasn’t that many years ago that a $5,000 bull was considered to be a rare commodity....More
  • Apr 5, 2011
    blog

    Genomics An Important Tool When Buying Bulls

    Bull sales continue to fill up the spring calendar as cattlemen search for their next herd sires. Nationwide, year-to-date figures show bulls are bringing an average of $3,258/head - that’s $467/head more than this time last year, according to Bryce ......More
  • Mar 1, 2011
    blog

    Selecting For Herd Bulls

    It's that time of year again. Your mailbox is overflowing with sale catalogs and private treaty mailers. Your inbox is working overtime to receive all the emails from friends with news about record bull sales. Your phone is ringing off the hook about ......More

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