BeefTalk: Understanding EPD Percentile Tables is Important
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The discussion of how to utilize breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs) by setting individual goals requires that producers understand how bulls are positioned within the breed association’s data set.
California Cattle Leave for Texas
Joel B. Pollack
How bad is the California drought? So bad that California ranchers are selling their cattle to Texas ranchers–even though Texas, too, is going through a major dry spell. It is the latest migration from California to Texas–and another sign that California’s southwestern rivals are managing the drought conditions more successfully.
Jump-Start Alfalfa By Interseeding It Into Corn
Hay and Forage Grower
Interseeding alfalfa into silage corn can double first-year yields of alfalfa, according to Wisconsin research. In plot trials, alfalfa was no-till drilled into fields that had been planted the day before with corn, says John Grabber, a USDA-ARS agronomist working at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.
EPDs: Selecting Bulls for Easy Calving
Making breeding decisions for the summer are likely on your to-do list – and it can be a daunting task. But making a list of genetics goals for your herd may make it easier, says South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist Adele Harty.
Feeding a beef cow: Analyze your options
Feed costs for over-wintering a beef cow are a major expense in beef cow/calf operations. Some decisions have already been made that will affect the outcome of both your costs and success at this point.
Using Genetic Tools to Better Understand Rumen Organisms
A diverse population of micro-organisms in the gut of ruminants allows them to digest fibrous foods that are mostly unusable by humans. New genetic tools, similar to those being used to aid selection in the whole animal, are being used to improve our understanding of the relationships among the rumen micro-organisms along with how they interact with their hosts.
Hurt: Expansion of beef cattle herds possibly on the horizon
Press Release Point
Recent record-high cattle prices and lower feed costs could offer producers the profit incentives they need to start expanding their herds after U.S. beef cattle numbers at the start of this year reached their lowest point since 1951, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.