Stacking Genetics into a Limited Pool Created One Outstanding Herd
Not long after starting his ranching career in 1971, Guy Gould recognized the need for more consistent quality in the calf crop. Without significant predictability, he knew he couldn’t stay in business. Gould decided linebreeding might be the best way to manage the herd’s genetic pool and improve consistency.
IBCA announces scholarship opportunities
Morning AG Clips
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity. The application process will open February 15, 2019 and continue through March 31, 2019. To help students take a thoughtful approach to their selection process and provide financial assistance for a college education, the IBCA is awarding up to $5000 in scholarships this year. Applicants must be an Indiana resident whose family is actively involved in the beef industry and are current members of the IBCA. In addition, applicants must be an existing secondary student in good standing or high school senior.
The $5,000 Fallacy & 4 More Hours
My junior year in college I took a personal finance class. This wasn’t the most studious era of my life. Which means I also re-took the class! Taking personal finance twice was one of the best things that ever happened to me. One lesson I particularly remember from that class was the $5,000 fallacy. Granted, this was a long time ago. Five grand may not seem like much today. The concept is the same, regardless of the dollar amount.
Red Angus Cows are Diverse, Efficient and Adaptable in the Sandhills
American Red Angus Magazine
“My dad would never say this,” Caleb said when his dad stepped out of the room, “But he was a great model for all of us. He built this business and has zero debt. That’s something you don’t always come by.” Modeling financial stewardship and a willingness to change – and not think they have it all figured out – is what Rich Lackaff and his wife Lora have hung their hat on at Lackaff Cattle Corporation.
Feeding distillers grains to cattle may affect beef tenderness early postmortem
Felipe A Ribeiro, Katherine I Domenech-Pérez, Carmen J Contreras-Castillo, Kellen Hart, Nicolas J Herrera, Chris R Calkins
Journal of Animal Science
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of dietary fat source with modified distillers grains plus solubles (MDGS) on beef tenderness through examination of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) membrane fatty acid composition, changes in sarcoplasmic calcium concentration, Warner–Bratzler shear force (WBSF), sarcomere length, and proteolysis early postmortem.
If forages are few, try annual crops to extend grazing season.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Some years, native pastures and hay aftermath don’t produce as much forage as we’d hoped, especially if there’s not much rain in a region where producers don’t irrigate. In dry climates ranchers often run short on late summer and fall pasture, since productivity of cool-season perennial grasses diminishes during summer heat. One strategy to increase forage production is to grow annuals like cereals and brassicas.
Value and Demand for Hereford Genetics Showcased at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention
AHA team members shared the proactive efforts the Association is taking to position the breed in the marketplace at a media briefing held Jan. 31 during the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in New Orleans. “The Hereford breed continues to strategically strengthen our position by focusing on all industry segments,” said AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward. “We are totally committed to the beef cattle industry.” In response to consumer demand for higher quality beef, the Certified Hereford Beef® brand upgraded its minimum marbling specification from a Slight00 to a Small00, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The brand now provides a USDA Choice and higher product offering in retail and foodservice markets.