BeefTalk: Bull Selection for Moderate Growth?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service
I did some pondering as I traveled to and from recent commercial bull-selection workshops. The travel time offered some time to ruminate on current news regarding the management of growth in the beef industry and related beef carcass size. Once home, dangling thoughts remain. Bull-buying season is a great opportunity for beef producers to steer carcass size through sire selection, and as long as a producer is at the steering wheel, that is what one should do.
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In livestock production, we live with the consequences of yesterdays decisions today, sometimes from choices made months if not years in the past. This simple truth supports the philosophy that diligent time management and planning yield the best result(s). As I write this article, I can hear my dad’s voice championing a “5 P’s”: prior planning prevents poor performance.
New WOTUS Lawsuit Filed
Attorneys general of 10 states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, alleging the agency’s final rule suspending the 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule is unlawful.
Changes to National Cattle Evaluation will benefit bull buyers in 2018
The Fence Post
The majority of beef breed associations have made (or are currently making) substantial changes to their National Cattle Evaluation. These changes ultimately benefit commercial bull buyers by providing improved Expected Progeny Differences and improved economic selection indices. This brief article is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the changes to NCE by breed organization, but rather to highlight changes in general and the benefits these changes created.
Wyoming rancher tells Congress: “Let us loose!”
A third-generation rancher and industry leader in environmental stewardship has asked Congress to empower ranchers and local land managers by reducing the regulatory burdens they face. Today Niels Hansen, Secretary/Treasurer of the Public Lands Council and a member of NCBA, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to explain how onerous federal regulations undermine conservation goals.
Understand selection data to find the right beef animals
High Plains Journal
University of California-Davis Extension beef specialist Alison Van Eanennaam said performance, progeny and pedigree are all taken into account when Expected Progeny Differences are calculated for each breed. That leads to greater accuracy and better decisions for buyers. “The way we calculate EPDs now is 5 to 10 times more accurate than selection based upon index performance and ratios,” Van Eanennaam said.
What’s the driver behind strong beef demand? It might surprise you
Sure, robust domestic demand and a strong export market were the reasons that cattle prices last year caught everyone by surprise. But dig a little deeper, Williams told the crowd at the Learning Lounge on the trade show floor during the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, and the underlying strength of that demand will surprise you.