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  • Jun 8, 2012
    blog

    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
  • Feb 7, 2012
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    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
    blog

    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
  • Oct 21, 2011
    blog

    Why Haven’t AI & Crossbreeding Flourished?

    The rules of the game are changing. Sure, quality, pounds, reproduction, performance, health, marketing, risk management and the like have always been important, but the importance has grown exponentially with the changing dynamics of the marketplace...More
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