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  • Mar 1, 2012

    How Much Is A Good Bull Worth? 4

    I received several emails last week questioning my comments about the increased value of genetics and whether one can justify the record prices we’re seeing for bulls. So, I spent some time looking at the numbers between bulls with very solid EPD profiles and comparing them to breed average bulls....More
  • Feb 29, 2012

    Heifer Breeding Soundness Exam

    Cattlemen are usually familiar with the need to conduct a breeding soundness exam on their bulls. But Buddy Faries, Jr., veterinarian with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, says it's just as important to conduct a BSE on your heifer prospects, and use the results of that exam in your selection decisions....More
  • Feb 29, 2012

    Four Steps Before You Buy That Bull

    Bull purchases represent a significant investment in a beef herd. Whether that investment results in a “nest egg” or a “goose egg” depends highly on a bull buyer’s preparation....More
  • Feb 24, 2012

    Looking For Reproductive Efficiency Answers

    During the recent national Cattle Industry Convention, I sat in on a meeting where the crux of the discussion was how best to improve reproductive efficiency in the nation’s cowherd....More
  • Feb 7, 2012

    Reproductive Management Stressed At Cattlemen's College In Nashville

    BEEF Senior Editor Burt Rutherford gives a review of the sessions he attended at the Cattlemen's College held at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, TN....More
  • Jan 26, 2012

    Crossbreeding Is Becoming Cool Again

    While manicuring the individual trees of cattle performance traits, the cow-calf industry apparently missed the proverbial forest. At least it has if you consider that three primary measures of cow productivity – weaning weight, pregnancy rate and pounds weaned per cow exposed – are static to declining. That’s according to data presented by David Lalman, Oklahoma State University Extension beef specialist, and Stan Bevers, Texas AgriLife Extension agricultural economist (see “U.S.Beef Cow Productivity Is Stagnant")....More
  • Jan 1, 2012

    Reproduction Is A Key To Improving Ranch Profitability

    “In today’s changing and volatile input markets, it is critical that, as individual producers and as an industry, we examine the economic efficiency of our production systems and be prepared to modify some of the rules of thumb that have guided decisions in the past.”...More
  • Dec 23, 2011

    Scorecards Are Where You Find Them

    This week I talked with a feedyard manager who was studying some recent closeouts. They weren’t reading real well. If the cattle had not outperformed projections both in the feedyard and on the rail, it would have actually been pretty bleak....More
  • Dec 9, 2011

    What Constitutes A Good Bull?

    Not surprisingly, bull prices – just like the rest of the industry’s pricing structure – are seeing a major increase. It wasn’t that many years ago that a $5,000 bull was considered to be a rare commodity....More
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