Published: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:36 -0500
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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:36 -0500The 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:38:58 -0500Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:38:19 -0500The 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.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:36:51 -0500Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectorswhether 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.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:36:12 -0500Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:43:41 -0500The 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.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:42:40 -0500The 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.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:05:51 -0500Are 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.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:05:12 -0500It 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.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:03:47 -0500When 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.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:03:41 -0500Some 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.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:02:48 -0500The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:41:37 -0500The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:40:31 -0500The 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.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:39:52 -0500When 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.