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  • 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

    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
  • May 2, 2012
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    Maddux Ranch Wins BIF Commercial Producer Of The Year Award

    The Maddux family has been ranching in the Nebraska Sandhills for four generations. Along the way, they learned a thing or two about innovation and genetic improvement, which earned the Wauneta, NE operation the honor of being named the 2012 Beef Improvement Federation Commercial Producer of the Year....More
  • Mar 20, 2012
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    Angus VNR: Crossbreeding -- Why Or Why Not?

    Animal Scientist Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University, talks about the tradeoffs between crossbreeding and straightbreeding cowherds....More
  • Mar 14, 2012
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    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
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