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  • 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
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    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
  • animal welfare & cow-calf health are major beef industry issues
    May 29, 2013
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    Three Beef Industry Challenges That Won’t Go Away Soon

    We’ll not only have to deal with these animal welfare, nutrition and cattle health issues on the farm, but at the regulatory and legislative levels as well. We shouldn’t expect these problems to go away anytime soon, so I strongly encourage beef producers to accept the challenge and face them as only we can do....More
  • Apr 1, 2013
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    Drought Management: Don't Forget About Your Bulls

    It's easy, as the drought of the century lumbers on, to focus on the cowherd as you scramble and scratch for ways to weather another dry year. But what about the bulls?...More
  • Mar 28, 2013
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    What Is The National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium?

    If you attend a National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) meeting expecting a judging clinic, you'll be sorely disappointed. But if you attend a NBCEC meeting looking for the latest dope on DNA technology and genetic improvement, you'll be right at home. Dorian Garrick, one of the nation's leading geneticists and NBCEC director, explains the function of the organization....More
  • cow reproduction vital to ranch success
    Mar 25, 2013
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    Solving The "Open-Cow" Dilemma Requires Reproduction & Fertility Management 1

    The bottom line is that nothing about the cow is as economically important as reproduction. Burke Teichert explains how we can solve the "open cow" dilemma occurring in most cowherds....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

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