Daily Archives: February 15, 2016

Across-Breed EPD Adjustment Factors

Across-Breed EPD Adjustment Factors

Matt Spangler

University of Nebraska

Expected Progeny Differences published by one breed are inherently not comparable to those published by another breed. This is due to several factors including differences in arbitrary base adjustments used by each breed and differences in selection intensity for a specific trait in one breed compared to another.

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Cattle condition more important than color

Cattle condition more important than color

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Cow/calf producers looking to get top dollar for their calves at the sale barn need to pay attention to more than just hide color. Mike Keuning, a producer and order buyer from Monroe, said things like condition are more important than color for his clients.

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Monitor Body Condition Scores for Cow Fertility

Monitor Body Condition Scores for Cow Fertility

John Maday


During the recent Cattlemen’s College at the Cattle Industry Convention, University of Florida animal scientist Cliff Lamb, PhD, discussed the close connection between nutrition and reproductive efficiency in beef cows. He also stressed the value of using BCS as a tool for monitoring the nutritional status of cows and thus their likelihood to breed back in a timely manner.

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Misconception – “Rare steak, rare burger – there is no difference.”

Misconception – “Rare steak, rare burger – there is no difference.”

Faith Family and Beef

Rare – it is my favorite way to enjoy steak. Each juicy bite of tender beef provides an explosion of flavor that is, in my opinion, unmatched by any other food. My mouth is watering just writing about the deliciousness that is a cooked-to-perfection rare steak. So I can understand the desire to consume a burger cooked the same way. BUT – I resist that temptation and must advise you to do the same.

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A comparison of bale feeder types on forage waste by beef cows

A comparison of bale feeder types on forage waste by beef cows

Katie Nenn

Farm and Ranch Guide

Due to the length of winter, and consequently short grazing season, cows are often fed harvested feeds in excess of 200 days per year. Feed waste is an often overlooked or under-estimated expense which has the potential to have a significant negative impact on cow/calf enterprise profitability.

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Winterize Your Operation

Winterize Your Operation

Heather Smith Thomas

Feedlot Magazine

In northern climates winter is a big deal. Neither your cow herd nor machinery should go into it unprepared. For cattle, make sure they head into winter with extra body fat. They need reserves of energy—a good store of back fat–to draw on to help maintain body heat on cold days.

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Daigle joins Texas A&M animal science as its new animal welfare expert

Daigle joins Texas A&M animal science as its new animal welfare expert

Blair Fannin

High Plains Journal

Courtney Daigle, who specializes in animal welfare, has joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in both research and teaching roles.

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