EPDs 101: Use Information to Improve Your Herd
Jared E. Decker
A Steak in Genomics™
Can we be frank for a minute? It is quite simple: EPDs work. When we use EPDs to make selection decisions (which bulls to buy, which females to keep and cull), the performance of our herd improves. Let’s discuss why EPDs work, how they can be used, and pitfalls to avoid.
Dairy a growing competitor for beef genetics
Ohio Country Journal
The Ohio Beef Expo is a time when beef breeders come together to talk the latest in genetics and issues hitting the cattle industry. Bruce Smith of COBA/Select Sires pointed out an increasing change in where beef breeding materials are heading, showing a slight shift in Ohio’s cattle production mindset. “We have a huge new competitor in our beef market for the semen quantity, and that’s the dairy cows,” said Smith. “A significant number of dairy cows are being bred to beef semen and they’re using sexed semen to make their female replacements and the rest are getting bred to beef.”
Cattle handling is an art form, one perfected with the animal in mind.
Tom Noffsinger, veterinarian for Production Animal Consultation (PAC), posed the question, “why not make the cattle work for you?” in a cattle-handling workshop during Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, at Angus Convention hosted in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 3-5, 2018.“I spent the first 35 years of my vet career on the wrong end of the cow,” Noffsinger said. “I got things done but I did not feel good about myself. I was hoarse and my family had already gone in the house.”
Adding to your Herd Management Toolbelt
Frontline Cattle Producer
Before we get started, it is important to understand that DNA is NOT just a tool for the seedstock producer. Identifying superior herd sires, selecting valuable replacement females and determining your herd’s genetic merit are all important strategies for any herd management operation. Each of these merits can be assisted with the use and implementation of DNA testing in your herd. Currently, advantages of DNA testing for commercial cow-calf ranchers to determine parentage of offspring is more cost effective than ever before. It may not be cost effective to test all offspring for most commercial producers, but in particular circumstances, it may pay to determine parentage.
Grass Tetany- Start Preventative Measures Now
Cow Country News
What is “Grass Tetany” and when are cattle most likely to have it? Grass tetany, also known as spring tetany, grass staggers, wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany, is a condition due to a low level of magnesium (Mg) in the blood. The disorder in adult cattle begins with muscle spasms and quickly progresses to convulsions, respiratory difficulty, and death. The amount of magnesium in the blood is completely dependent on the amount obtained from the daily diet.
Top steer picked in ‘Super Bowl of all livestock shows’
. . . Caden Carver, 16, wakes up at 6:30 a.m. every day to feed his steer before school. When he gets home, he does another feeding and grooms and exercises his steer. Carver bought this steer, a Hereford, when he was a calf last spring — but he’s been showing steer since the third grade, keeping alive the tradition his family started in 1986.
It will be a long process for Nebraska farmers and ranchers to recover from snow and flooding
The Fence Post
In times of tight margins, a disaster doled out by Mother Nature can be the end of an operation. The flooding in Nebraska is one of the most significant disasters the state has seen and the economic losses are yet to be seen.
Arizona cattle rancher uses science to beef up industry
The Daily Courier
Green vegetation dots the mountain range from Quarter Circle U Ranch headquarters to the edge of the Superstition Mountains, where genetically selected black Angus cattle roam rocky trails, eating cacti and dry hay. Chuck Backus is a ranch owner cloaked in science, his background in engineering leading him to choose the right genes for cattle to survive in the hardened landscape and heat of the Arizona mountains.
Dealing with the Big 4 Parasites in Cattle
Parasite control isn’t a once-a-year thought to contemplate prior to spring grazing. It is constant management consideration throughout the year with different parasites popping up depending on weather and location. For cattle producers there are four major parasites to contend with during the year: lice, worms, ticks and flies.
Farms reeling from late February storm that wrecked barns and killed thousands of animals
Eau Claire Leader Telegram
The damage stunned Wisconsin’s new agriculture secretary during a recent visit to farms in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties where he witnessed barns with roofs caved in by heavy snow that fell on Feb. 23 and barns missing roofs that were ripped off by high winds that followed on Feb. 24. He saw cattle killed by the collapsed roofs and heard stories about all the injured cattle that were rescued but euthanized later.