More in Cattle Genetics

  • improving cattle industry genetics
    Aug 19, 2014

    Do You Want Progress Or Change In Cattle Breeding? 3

    We have great tools; but, because of genetic and environmental antagonisms, I think we need to be satisfied with slow change in a balanced approach – maintaining or slowly improving genetics for cowherd productivity....More
  • May 29, 2014

    4 Reasons Synching Your Cows Pays Off 1

    We’re just finishing up the breeding season on our operation, utilizing artificial insemination (AI) and estrus synchronization (ES) to get heifers and cows bred. We’ll then turn out our bulls for summer clean-up. Over the years, we’ve tried a lot of different protocols, with varying degrees of success....More
  • May 1, 2014

    I’m Likely In The Minority, But I Love Heat Detecting 6

    I love heat detecting and artificial insemination (AI) season. Heat detecting forces one to slow down and observe. If one is going to do a good job of heat detecting, it necessitates expending time....More
  • Mar 13, 2014

    There Is No Magical Cow Size That Guarantees Profitability 12

    I had several people this week dispute my statement from last week that biological efficiency doesn’t vary among the accepted range in mature size in the industry (“The Bearish Math On The Beef Industry Doesn’t Add Up”). The bottom line is that maintenance costs rise as mature size increases, but it’s not a 1:1 relationship. In fact, the general rule of thumb is that maintenance costs are calculated by taking mature size to the .7 power....More
  • calving ease selection tips
    Jan 7, 2014

    Despite All The New Selection Tools, Calf Birthweight Still Rules? 6

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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