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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? 5

    A recent survey by BEEF shows a bull’s actual birth weight is the most important trait for bull buyers....More
  • work beef cows every fall to improve profits
    Oct 23, 2013
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    Simple Steps To Up Your Cow Herd’s Profitability 8

    Here are some other routine procedures that take very little extra time, and can help you develop a healthier, more productive and profitable cow herd....More
  • picking the best cow is a preference thing
    Oct 17, 2013
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    We All Talk About Data, But Preferences Matter, Too

    Our greatest challenge and pleasure comes in trying to align the science and profitability with the perceptions we hold dear and don’t want to sacrifice. I’m sure we all do some things not because the data confirm it, but because it’s just the way we like to do it....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
  • breeding cattle
    Sep 3, 2013
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    Industry Innovation Is One Thing, But Adoption Is Another

    Innovation and technology have enabled the smallest cowherd since 1963 to churn out about as much beef as it did when cow numbers were at their peak. But some tried and true technologies aren’t being utilized to the extent they should be....More
  • Jul 25, 2013
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    Straightbreeding Vs. Crossbreeding – Both Can Equal Success 3

    If you want to improve stayability, longevity and lifetime production of the cow, it can be done – with straightbred animals or with crossbred animals. But it’s simply easier and more cost effective to do it with a crossbred female....More
  • beef improvement federation cattle genetics
    Jun 13, 2013
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    Some Thoughts From An Oklahoma City Lobby 6

    At this week's BIF, we largely will still be talking about the same old major themes. These are straight breeding vs. crossbreeding, terminal vs. maternal selection, added output vs. increased inputs, and, of course, the Holy Grail – measuring production efficiency....More
  • Jun 13, 2013
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    The ‘Good Old Days’ Of Beef Production Are Gone 7

    The free-market system is amazingly efficient; the reason we produce corn-fed beef is that the most prosperous consumers in the world prefer it to grass-fed beef. And the U.S. wouldn’t be competitive if grass-fed beef was to become the dominant category....More
  • grazing management trumps cattle genetics, cattle feed
    May 29, 2013
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    The Ranch Profitability Secret More Powerful Than Genetics 4

    Well-managed grazing is actually a much more powerful tool for ranch profitability than cattle genetics....More

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