American Hereford Assoc.’s Shane Bedwell Gives Us ‘a Look Under the Hood’ in Genetic Evaluation
Oklahoma Farm Report
“Our methodology for our genetic evaluation is a single-step version of genomics, where we are taking that group of 50,000 markers off of that chip and then there’s a little over 2,500 really informative markers of those that we boil down and weight,” he explained. “Basically, we’re taking a subset of those markers and directly incorporating those with the phenotypic pedigree information rather than using all 50,000… It’s really one of the most innovative approaches that’s occurred in the last 30 years relative to EPD calculations.”
Preparing for an inspection
Livestock farmers are subject to inspections by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). And, because these assessments usually occur with little or no notice to the farmer, it is essential to be prepared for your livestock farm to be inspected at any time. Follow these simple compliance checks to ensure your farm is in accordance with the environmental rules and regulations, and to learn how to best respond to potential DNR or EPA inquiries.
Calf losses before birth are a frustrating concern
Western Livestock Journal
Abortions can be a major concern for cattle producers.
An “abortion” is the discharge of the fetus prior to the end of the normal gestation period, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist. Many abortions occur within the first 45 days of conception, called early embryonic death, and the embryos or fetuses are so small that they may not be seen.
Targeted Feeding for Heifer Development
Northern AG Network
Replacement heifers are traditionally kept to lead the genetic progress of the cow herd. These females, whether raised or purchased, need to have targeted development from birth to calving in order to be a productive part of the mature cow herd. Heifer development starts with proper whole-herd nutrition year-round. Yet, reviewing the basics of heifer development starting with post-weaning selection and development is a good place to start.
Calving book columns that have real value
Our natural tendency when filling columns in a calving book is to start with the calf. Like kids in school, their performance is a direct reflection of their parents. While the current well-being of the newborn is important, there are also a number of things that should be noted about the dam.
Adding Value to the Calf Crop and to You
November typically features the peak of the fall calf marketing run. For cow calf producers that are not backgrounding or retaining ownership in some fashion, this is your pay day. For feedlots, this is the beginning of the process of fill-ing pens that will continue into the winter or early spring.
Meet the beef cow: AKA “The Great Upcycler”
Changing consumer minds about sustainable beef production can be a chore. It’s even more difficult when a vegan presidential candidate spouts that raising cattle ruins the planet. Such nonsense amplifies the importance of research by Emily Andreini.
Beef Improvement Federation seekinng award applications
The Fence Post
Deadlines for Beef Improvement Federation award applications are approaching quickly. Each year BIF recognizes a Seedstock Producer of the Year and Commercial Producer of the Year. The deadline for both awards is March 1. Applications are posted to the BeefImprovement.org website “Award Forms” page under the “Resource Center” tab. Each BIF member organization is allowed to make three nominations in each category. From the nominations received, five finalists will be selected for the Commercial and Seedstock Producer of the Year Awards. These five finalists will be notified and recognized at the BIF annual convention.
Four Awarded Henry C. Gardiner Scholarships
Since 2012, the Henry C. Gardiner scholarship application process creates an environment for qualified students to compete for elite undergraduate scholarships. Academic standing, community service, work ethic and future goals are taken into consideration. A panel of K-State faculty and industry leaders review the applications. Finalists are selected and compete in a rigorous interview process. The students are the best and brightest agriculture undergraduates enrolled at K-State and express plans to continue careers in agriculture.
Winter Water Tips
Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is all well and good if you don’t have livestock relying on you for feed and water. For cattlemen, keeping water available for cattle is often a dreaded, but necessary chore. Here are three methods to try.