An overnight success over 20 years in the making
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Red Angus are the hottest thing on the market right now, bringing a premium in the feeder cattle market, especially for females. What many people do not know is that the current success the breed is enjoying is the direct result of the fundamental decisions and a “stay the course” mentality that Red Angus has had for more than 20 years.
Management of Yearling Bulls Important to Herd
Jacob R. Segers, PhD
With the spring sale season on the horizon, it is time we dedicate a little discussion to bull management. Cattlemen, consultants, county agents and other specialists spend large amounts of time scouring EPDs, performance data, pedigrees and any other information to be certain they are procuring the animal that has the greatest potential to positively impact their program.
Catlett says “Self-Actualization” explains consumers’ food choices
Farm and Ranch Guide
When Lowell Catlett, futurist, economist and keynote speaker, was going to college he had to study Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs.” At the time, he thought studying psychology was a waste of time, but he’s since changed his mind. Catlett thinks Maslow’s theory explains why many people are interested in learning more about where their food originated today
Traceability Looms Large in Ongoing Negotiations with Chinese Government to Accept to US Beef
Oklahoma Farm Report
At the end of last year, the Chinese government expressed that it had interest in reopening their markets to American beef. Months later we’re still waiting on some sort of an agreement to come out of the negotiations that have since followed.
Red Angus DNA Scores Align with Carcass Results
Dr. Jared Decker
A Steak in Genomics
Cattlemen and women frequently ask if DNA scores are truly predictive of phenotypic results. A recent study completed by the Red Angus Association gathered DNA data on a set of Red Angus calves and followed the cattle through harvest, collecting phenotypic data. The results illustrated the Igenity® DNA scores accurately predicted carcass weight, marbling score and overall carcass value.
International Genetic Solutions Feeder Profit Calculator
Will Townsend and Chip Kemp
American Simmental Association
Imagine you had to find bulls for your operation but you didn’t know any breeders, nobody used EPDs, or even shared actual data. It’s obvious to anyone interested in building quality cattle and maximizing profit this would be a major blow to the bottom line.
Shop for the Right Bull From the Right Place
Bull marketing season has started, which means producers are being bombarded with promotional advertising and articles on selecting and valuing bulls, and using genetic/genomic technologies.
Meatpackers May Be Hit Hardest by Trump’s Immigration Restrictions
Word of President Trump’s executive order barring the entry of international refugees shocked Fort Morgan, a town of 11,000 on the snowy plains of Colorado, some 80 miles northeast of Denver. Many of the workers at a Cargill Meat Solutions plant that’s the town’s largest employer emigrated from Somalia and Myanmar and had been waiting months, if not years, for relatives to join them.
Genomic testing is growing up
There’s never any telling when products or technology transcend their toddling novelty, early-adopter phase to the early days of mainstream adoption. But that latter phase seems an apt description of genomic testing today, based on hall talk and several sessions at this year’s Cattlemen’s College during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville.
Variety of grazing methods, marketing options make Got Grassfed work
Norfolk Daily News
Wayne Rasmussen with Got Grassfed in Plainview has been farming and raising livestock his entire life. But working with a Knox County rancher opened his eyes to rotational grazing for his cattle operation and eventually transitioning from grain-finished cattle to grass-finished. Rasmussen’s decision was rooted in what he has learned about rotational grazing and finishing cattle on forages.