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Published: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:36 -0500

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BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:36 -0500

The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.



RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:38:58 -0500

Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.



FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:38:19 -0500

The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.



COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:36:51 -0500

Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectors—whether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.



HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:36:12 -0500

Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.



LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:43:41 -0500

The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.



IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:42:40 -0500

The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.



MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:05:51 -0500

Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.



ADVANCEMENTS IN EPDS IMPROVE ACCURACY

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:05:12 -0500

It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.



ANNUAL FOOD PLOTS PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:03:47 -0500

When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.



PLAN VACCINATION PROGRAM BEFORE BREEDING SEASON

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:03:41 -0500

Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.



18TH HERDBUILDER REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $2,086

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:02:48 -0500

The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.



BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL WRECK

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:41:37 -0500

The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.



S.E. BRANGUS FIELD DAY HELD IN GEORGIA

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:40:31 -0500

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.



BLACK INK -- INDICATOR COWS

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:39:52 -0500

When you have just enough cows to name them all, it's easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.