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  • 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
  • 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

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