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  • 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
  • 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
  • Mar 21, 2013
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    Fire Your Welfare Bulls

    Not all bulls get the job done during breeding season, says Dan Drake, University of California Extension. While ranchers and researchers alike have known this for a long time, there's never been a way to determine which bulls make you money and which bulls cost you money. However, using DNA technology and lots of number crunching, research in California found some answers to help ranchers sort the workers from the welfare recipients in their bull battery....More
  • commercial bull prices
    Feb 7, 2013
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    $10,000 For A Commercial Bull? 5

    One thing that is for certain is that producers understand the value differences that are associated with superior genetics. Thus, they’re looking to position their operation for what promises to be a very lucrative time for the industry, and they are investing heavily in securing that future....More
  • Nov 9, 2012
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    The Argument Over Straight-Breeding 21

    Traditional crossbreeding programs, while theoretically sound, have proven problematic when implemented in real-world situations. There are several good reasons why straight breeding has been increasing, despite the advice of land-grant universities and their economic and animal breeding departments....More

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