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  • May 4, 2012

    Some Thoughts On The True Cost Of AI 1

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • Mar 1, 2012

    How Much Is A Good Bull Worth? 5

    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
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    Feb 29, 2012

    Buying A New Herd Bull? Do These 4 Steps First

    Are you thinking about buying a new herd bull? Investing in the genetic future of your cowherd is a critical step in your cowherd’s health and profitability. Here are 4 steps you must consider before writing that check....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

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